Good afternoon HTC family and friends,
Today I want to focus on a word that the Lord has laid on my heart regularly. “Perspective.”
As I write, I recall an event that happened eighteen months ago, which was a huge set back to me and to many of my brothers and sisters in Christ. We had really believed that the Lord had spoken to us clearly, and had opened the way for His Word to be fulfilled. But at the moment of heightened faith and expectation, that which we had been so sure of in faith, did not materialize. Many of us were shattered and deeply disappointed. We just couldn’t understand why the Lord didn’t come through as we had believed Him to be saying to us. We felt that human manipulation and scheming had undermined God’s word and promise to us. I am sure many of you can identify with how we felt. Disappointed, disillusioned and left with a deeply dented faith.
Then the Lord spoke to me, through a response from one of my sisters in the Lord. She said to our group, “I need some perspective here.” I heard the Lord saying to me, “David, you are angry. You are hurting. You are disappointed. You are confused. And its ok to feel that way, but you lack My perspective. You need to take time to reflect in My presence and to listen for My voice so that you may find My divine and sovereign perspective on what you are going through and to make sense of your experience of disappointment and pain.”
You see, I had let my human emotions get the better of me. I had also surrendered, in my hurt and disappointment, to a very limited and narrow perspective. I was unable to see our Lord’s perspective. It took me a long time in the Lord’s presence— in reflection, in waiting, in struggling, in wrestling, in listening with many cries and tears— until I could see the Lord’s perspective. The Holy Spirit gently opened my eyes to see what the Lord was doing and what the Lord was working on in my life, which was far above and beyond what I had ever considered or even imagined. He enabled me again in faith to surrender to His higher ways and plans and to find my peace in knowing that He is still God and He is on the throne. He helped me redirect my focus to trusting in the character of the Lord and in His goodness, even when I couldn’t always understand what He was doing.
Here are some of the incredible Bible verses and quotes of Christian writers and teachers, that the Lord by His Holy Spirit led me to, to find His perspective:
– “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
– Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted… Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.’ (Job 42:1-3)
– “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways… “ (Psalm 37:5-7)
– “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” (Psalm 62:11-12)
– ‘Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time’ (Oswald Chambers)
– You can have hope in the dark. Because as you grow to know the Lord, He will reveal even more of His love, His faithfulness, His grace. And overtime you will realize, believe, and embrace that even when life is
difficult. God is still good. (Craig Groeschel)
– Walking around these walls, I thought by now they’d fall. But you have never failed me yet. Waiting for change to come, knowing the battle’s won. For you have never failed me yet. Your promise still stands. Great is your faithfulness, faithfulness. I’m still in your hands. This is my confidence. You’ve never failed me yet. (Elevation Worship, Do It Again.)
I do pray that you find renewed hope, strength and peace in Jesus, today.
Bless you all,