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We often do not look at life from an eternal perspective. We seem to live on a day-to-day basis. Our Scripture today tells us that we are not to be discouraged or lose heart. This is a challenge for many who struggle with complex problems on a daily basis. Paul says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” What would it take for you to be renewed this week?
How do you see things in life? Do you see the glass half-empty or half full? Often times our outward circumstances seem to shape our viewpoint in life. Many people lean toward a negative viewpoint in life rather than a positive one. If you have traveled on an airplane, you can see the contrast in viewpoints. When you first enter the plane, your viewpoint is limited to the interior of the plane with the narrow aisles and very close seating arrangements. As you experience take off the plane surges down the runway and then immediately begins the upward liftoff, the objects on the ground become smaller and smaller as you rise above the earth on which you live. You immediately begin to have a different viewpoint as you continually ascend through a pillowy mist of clouds until the clouds are below. Before you know it, you have been transported to a tranquil wonderland with a new perspective. The same experience might take place for you by a simple ride out through the countryside away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
What is your normal viewpoint of daily life?
What would it take for you to have a more positive viewpoint?
The word volatile means easily aroused, changeable, fickle, and readily becoming a vapor, which refers to a volatile solvent. Our Scripture today refers to our light and momentary troubles. When hardships and problems invade our lives, we often fix our focus on them and they become anything but light and momentary. The result is that we sometimes forget that God has a completely different vantage point. We have a tendency to become absorbed by our problems. We often freak out and go crazy for a temporary time. We fall into the trap of self-pity and begin to wallow around as if we have become immobile in the journey of life. We share our problems with everyone and anyone who will listen to how terrible our lives have become. We become so stressed that we cannot function in a normal manner. We become depressed to the point that we are like the walking dead with no hope in life and exhausted physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This sad commentary of a sub-life existence describes many people today and more sadly many people in our churches today. You may need to wake up and smell the coffee because you have become a very volatile personality!
You may be volatile if:
You are easily upset.
You often lose it and freak out.
You are fickle.
You seem to be never satisfied.
3 God’s Viewpoint
From God’s perspective, every event has a purpose that can be used to bring about good in His plan. Always remember that not every event is good but God can work good from every event. What event is causing you to look away from God? Has someone hurt you? Are you disappointed? Are discouraging circumstances hindering your joy? God, your Heavenly Father longs to help you and relieve you of these burdens. He wants to show you His perspective. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (Vs 17-18) When you have God’s viewpoint, you will be able to face your circumstances with the confidence that He will see you through your difficulty. As a result, the Lord will allow you to soar past your hardships into a new horizon of spiritual growth and well-being!