“God, where are you? Why did this happen?” These questions come out of our heart and off our lips often. It is hard to understand why things happen to us or those we love. We think God should change our circumstances and make things better so we don’t have to suffer.
And He does…in His own way. Let me explain or better yet let the Bible speak to how God works in His providential ways. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph says “you meant evil against me but God intended it for good”. I call this the Genesis 50:20 Principle. It speaks of how we need to ask God for His perspective on the circumstances of our lives.
As we have been studying how God worked in and through the life of Joseph at Summerville Baptist, we have seen Joseph in the pit of life and also at the pinnacle. He always stated, in whichever circumstance, that God was at work and was making provision for His people.
When we focus on circumstances we see pain and despair mostly. So how do you get God’s perspective? While not easy to answer, I recommend you start in His Word. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read passages. Don’t limit your reading but grasp the biblical message for you and think about how that reveals God.
Secondly, get perspective by stepping back and looking at the situation from several points of view. What would a family member think of this? If you talked to a friend who had no emotional attachment to the situation, how would they see your predicament?
Another technique I use to get perspective is to imagine myself as a tiny dot on planet Earth and then zoom out into space and wonder how God is seeing me and my circumstances in light of the situation, history and His Word. Dr. TW Hunt would call this getting Heaven’s Perspective.
Read through the last chapters of Genesis to see how God can change our earthly mindset to a heavenly mindset. He did that in the life of Joseph and God is still doing that today for “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Things to Ponder:
What do you need perspective on today?
Should you read the Psalms, the Gospels, Paul’s letters or some combination of these types of Scripture or other passages?
How does having a biblical worldview help you to understand God’s work in our world?Who can you help that needs to get a clear perspective regarding circumstances they are facing?