I’m not really sure of the purpose of this post, other than what follows below came to my mind today as I was studying God’s word. It spoke to me, perhaps it will speak to you.
Sometimes we can lose our perspective. Sometimes we lose sight of God’s reality and replace it with our own. Sometimes we forget that this isn’t actually all about us.
This is what the Apostle Paul experienced as he gives us a once over lightly in
2 Corinthians 11:23-29 NIV
“Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?”
Can you imagine the Apostle Paul saying, “Hey, wait a minute! I’m Paul the Apostle! These kinds of things aren’t supposed to happen to me! Did God intervene when Paul received the lashes? Did God intervene when Paul was beaten by rods? No, He did not.
Sometimes we think that because it’s us, that we’re different from everyone else and in the end, this isn’t true, not when it comes to what we may experience. What Jesus did promise us is that no matter what, He would be with us.
And here’s the Apostle Paul again speaking in Romans 8:38-39 NIV
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget that God’s big picture is bigger than us. We’re all part of His plan, He’s not part of ours. There is a distinct difference. Being content in Jesus and trusting in Him keeps us in God’s perspective.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!