What is God’s Perspective?
There have been so many times in my life where I thought I had all the answers. I thought if I made decisions based on the information I had, things would all work out. I was convinced that my plans were the best, but quickly found out the Lord’s plans for me were so much better. I hate I had to learn the hard way, but I am thankful for the lessons He taught me along the way.
As Christians, I think we often fail to realize just how limited our knowledge is. Even if we do a deep dive and research a topic or have the highest form of degree from the best college, our earthy knowledge on any one subject fails to compare to the wisdom of God. We might think we know it all yet what we know equated to what the Lord knows isn’t even comparable.
It gets tricky when we as Christians think we have all the answers. This could be in regards to any topic. How to grow your family. What college to attend. The COVID-19 virus. To vaccinate or not vaccinate. Buying a new home. Homeschool or public school. The 2020 election. Racial injustices. To wear a mask or not to wear a mask.
Any one of us could research these topics and form an opinion that we believe is based on facts. But why would we think we have all the answers when in fact our knowledge is limited? Why would we choose to form an opinion using facts instead of asking the One who has all wisdom and knowledge?
Have you ever considered asking God what His perspective is? What does He say about growing your family, the COVID-19 virus, college, vaccinations, purchasing a new home, school, the election, racial injustices or masks? Or any other topic?
Our perspective is so limited. But God’s is unlimited. He’s got the airplane view, 40,000 feet up, while we can barely see what is in front of us! And yet, how often do we fail to tap into His unlimited wisdom?
I think the main thing that prevents us from setting aside our opinions and plans is pride. We think our ways are right and often times we are too prideful to lay aside our own opinions and instead seek the Lord’s.
But in order to receive insight from God, it requires humbleness. In order to receive His perspective, it’s going to require we give up our right to understand and lay aside our pride.
1 Peter 5:5 says, “God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble.”
Proverbs 11:2 says, “When you act with presumption, convinced that you’re right, don’t be surprised if you fall flat on your face! But walking in humility helps you to make wise decisions.”
Proverbs 16:1-3, 9 says, “Go ahead and make all the plans you want, but it’s the Lord who will ultimately direct your steps. We are all in love with our own opinions, convinced they’re correct. But the Lord is in the midst of us, testing and probing our every motive. Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed. Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.”
Wow! We can make all the plans we want, but see what happens when we are convinced we are right? It leads us to falling flat on our face! But, when we choose to humble ourselves the Lord, admitting we don’t know it all? He helps us to make wise decisions!
What if we as Christians were willing to humble ourselves before the Lord, set aside our opinions and seek Him for His answers? It might not be what we want to hear. I can tell you from experience that often times I haven’t liked the wisdom He has given me. And yet when I have chosen to follow His plans, instead of mine, He has blessed them and I have prospered.
Are you willing to humble yourself before the Lord? Have you considered inviting the Lord into every area of your life and asking His perspective? There is not one area in your life in which He is not concerned about. Whether you are buying a new dishwasher or making a much bigger decision like deciding whether to adopt or pursue medical treatments, He cares! And He has wisdom He wants to give you that will help you succeed and prosper, enabling you to make the decision that best aligns with His will for your life.
I want to encourage you to read through the rest of the verses below. And then I think it’s important to repent. Repent from allowing your pride to get in the way of God’s plans for your life. And then no matter where area you need wisdom, ask Him! Ask Him for His perspective because He wants to give it to you.
“Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” Psalm 147:5
“For what the world says is wisdom is actually foolishness in God’s eyes.” 1 Corinthians 3:19
“But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. It is filled with love and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy in any form and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace.” James 3:17-19
“Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong.” Proverbs 3:7
“My child, never drift off course from these two goals for your life: to walk in wisdom and to discover discernment. Don’t ever forget how they empower you. For they strengthen you inside and out and inspire you to do what’s right; you will be energized and refreshed by the healing they bring. They give you living hope to guide you, and not one of life’s tests will cause you to stumble.” Proverbs 3:21
“Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” Proverbs 28:26