“What are you doing to me?”, I screamed, shaking my fist at God and sobbing. “Who do you think you are?”, “What have I ever done to deserve this from you?”, “How dare you destroy my life!” Obviously, I wasn’t finished unleashing my anger and rage at a God who would do this to me! “And You say You love me, what a joke!” I quipped, stomping off in a rage.
How do you know God loves you? Just because some people say, He does, does that prove that He does? What if tragedy strikes your life? Does He still love you then? What if lightning strikes twice? What if when this disaster strikes He ignores your pleas for answers? Then what if He ignores your demands for answers? Does He love you then? What if you get angry at Him and throw a 12-year temper tantrum saying, “Ok, if you are not going to talk to me, well then I am NOT going to talk to you!”
This tragedy was the beginning of one of the hardest challenges of my life. Anyone who has been tested by God in this fashion can tell you; this is not an easy test to endure let alone pass. Especially when a trial like this begins after you’ve been His disciple, His child for almost eight years. You may even ask yourself, “What kind of cruel game is God playing with me?”
Would it surprise you to know, that in my anger, in my rage, I misjudged God? I had an incorrect perspective of Him. What He was doing in my life and what He ultimately wanted from me. Worse yet, I refused to look at my situation from His perspective. After all, it was rather easy to do considering I could only see things from “my” perspective, not His. Let me clarify, I “chose” to see things only from “my” perspective, I did not care about “His” perspective, at all.
From my perspective, God was punishing me, God was judging me, God was picking on me. For what, some sin I may have committed? What kind of sin could I have committed that would have been worthy of this retaliatory punishment? This devastation and outright destruction to my hopes and dreams?
Here is where “perspective” comes in. A perspective is a point-of-view. It’s a way of looking at something, implying that you can look at something in more than one way.
Many times, I have had this problem, looking at God and not seeing Him and what He’s doing correctly, instead, I would choose to view my life and my struggles through my flawed eyesight. Blaming Him for all of the tragedies and problems I found therein.
Whether we admit it or not, we all have a perspective of God. Who He is, what He’s like, and what He wants. Even if that perspective says, there is no God. The only problem with billions of perspectives of God is that they can’t all be right. What then can we do? Do we give up on knowing God? Does knowing God become a futile endeavor? A waste of time? Is He even knowable? How do we even get to an ultimate point of knowing what He wants if we can’t seem to get to know Him?
The first thing we need to do is agree that someone else’s perspective of God, although it may be relevant to them and may have some value, it is not what’s important. Your perspective of God is irrelevant compared to God’s perspective of Himself!
Perspective #1: Your perspective of God is irrelevant compared to God’s perspective of Himself!
What you, me or someone else thinks about God may indeed be of value, but in the end, it does not matter. The only thing that matters is what God says about Himself, period, end of the sentence! After all, it is the ONLY perspective of God we can trust! God’s view of Himself!
Learning God’s perspective of Himself allows us to establish a rule for our life. If our view or someone else’s view of God does not agree with God’s perspective of Himself, then we can throw it away as garbage, as a lie. After all, who knows more about God than God Himself? With that said, it makes sense for us to adopt His perspective of Himself. When we do, it ensures that we maintain His viewpoint and not someone else’s. The next logical question would be, is God knowable? Can we know Him?
Towards the end of His sermon on the mount, Jesus took the time to answer this question directly when He said:
The Bible says: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 ESV)
The perspective that Jesus is putting forth here is that if you put in the effort, if you sincerely ask, if you sincerely seek and if you sincerely knock, God will become knowable to you. Understand, knowing God requires effort; it requires work. The question will always be: are you willing to put in the effort? Are you willing to put in the work? Are you willing to ask? Are you willing to seek? Are you willing to knock?
Perspective is a choice. What perspective you use to see God is also a choice. What perspective you choose to see God working in your life, again is a choice. Let me encourage you to learn what God’s view of Himself is, and what He wants. Then look at your life from “His” perspective! In the end, what perspective you choose will always be up to you, so “choose wisely!”