I have always enjoyed driving! I guess that is why when I was blessed with a job about 30 minutes from home, I really didn’t mind. Most of the time I listen to music when I am driving along, but that was not the case today. Silence reigned in the car, and I was very deep in thought on my drive this morning.
As I focused on the road ahead, I noticed it looked like mountains in the distance. Now I know there are not any mountains in southwest Georgia – at least not since last I was driving to work yesterday. The clouds were arranged in the sky in a way that made it look like the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. For a moment in time my eyes played tricks on me. My perspective was tainted; I was seeing something in a different way.
Your perspective of God matters
In my walk with God, I often see things differently than the way He wants me to see them. I often view God from the perspective that I have heard others share about Him. When they tell me how God has been working in their life, I get a glimpse of the essence of God’s character. Then I get into the Word of God and study His nature, I begin to learn even more.
The deepest lessons I have learned about God, however, have come through experience. When I have been betrayed by a friend, I have come to truly know Him as the “friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). Through brokenness and sickness, I have come to know Him as the Healer. In financial lows, I have come to know Him as God, my Provider. Recently, when my husband went through a health crisis, I came to know God as the Comforter and God of Peace.
People may wonder how I held it all together during the hardest times. Well, I wasn’t. God was holding me together. We stand and sing in worship, “I want to know you (God) more, I want to know you more,” but I wonder if we are willing to go to the hard places and be put in uncomfortable circumstances in order to really get to know God in the way He wants to be known.
Does God have all of you?
Often trials and tribulations come into the life of the believer. It is the world in which we live. A perfect creation was broken by man and his sin (Genesis 3). We have been living in a broken world ever since. God has made a way to restore us back to Himself and it is through the person of Jesus Christ. God wants to have a deeper relationship with you. When we receive Him into our heart and receive salvation, we gain all of God that there is to get.
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 5:10-11 , KJV
The thing we need to realize is God may not have all of us. We may not even realize there is something we may be holding back from getting to know God more. He wants to reveal Himself to us.
Are we ready to let God put us in a tight spot where the only place we can look is up? Perspective sure can be an interesting thing. Thankfully God is willing to take my perspective and turn it toward His way and walk every step with me until I am closer to Him than I ever thought possible.