I was flipping channels yesterday evening, not because I wanted to watch anything on television in particular, but just wanted the background noise. I’ve not been an avid viewer for some time because I rarely care for what they put out for us to see. This got me thinking about our perspective and how that affects our understanding of things.
If we plug ourselves into the television or videos, we a subject to whatever those who are directing the program wishes us to see, and nothing more.
What we see
Consider this campsite captured in Utah. There is little doubt it is beautiful, alluring, and from what we can see, it is inspiring. Our perspective is dictating our impression of this campsite and what surrounds it. We see mountain crests. There are lush bushes nearby. This campsite we’ve chosen has a safe fire pit and natural seating and leveled out so we can pitch our tent for the night and enjoy the surroundings.
What we can’t see
Chances are, what we are seeing, is reasonable to trust; that it is, what it appears to be. But me spoil this setting with what could be the reality, based on what we cannot see.
What if on the other side of those bushes was a sprawling dump pile with wasting refuse from the busy shopping center at our back? What if there was a factory entrance just off to the left with trucks passing through the gate, constantly spewing a cloud of soot and noise, into the serene scene before us?
From this perspective we can’t tell what the reality of our situation is because the image doesn’t tell us all there is to know.
What God sees for us
We don’t have eyes on target for everything around us as God does. In the same scenario, God would pick up on all those other things we can’t see, along with the dangers and wonders that maybe be the other side of that mountain. From God’s perspective he knows where there is a brook where we can draw fresh cool water. God is in a much better position to provide for us our direction and destination.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Hebrews 4:13 (NLT)
There is an interesting point here regarding accountability, which perhaps we don’t consider often enough, or even at all sometimes.
If you have surrendered your life to Jesus and made Him Lord of your life, His Spirit lives in you. Jesus is God and likewise His Spirit is God.
In Sunday School we learned that God is a lot of things. He is loving, forgiving, just, and righteous. God is much more than this, but this is what we learn early on.
If we are accountable to Him, then it wouldn’t be reasonable for Him not to provide the means to perform to His expectations. How often have we heard someone tell someone else, disappointed with their actions, “But you didn’t tell me that!”
God has covered that issue by putting His Spirit in us. We don’t have the option of telling him we were not aware of something because He has implanted in us a resource that is our guidance and means of plotting our course. However, there is a big ‘if’ in play here. If we will listen to the Sprit and be obedient to it. Big ‘IF’.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Romans 8:14 (NLT)
There is God’s expectation of us, clear as crystal. We cannot go it alone if we wish to be God’s children. God expects us to allow the Spirit to guide us. This is the reason he placed the Holy Spirit in us so we might know and follow God’s direction for us. Why? Because He has the perspective that allows Him to see everything. He sees everything around us; He sees what lay on the other side of those bushes; He knows where He wants us to camping, where the way-points are that he calls us to, and our ultimate destination for our journey.
God knows, and He wants us to know. Therefore, His Spirit lives in us and because the Spirit lives in us, we are accountable to Him.
God has even more in store for us
But as it is written, “What no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived — God has prepared these things for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9 (CSB)
We really cannot fathom what God has in store for us, and while the Spirit living in us will reveal portions of what lay ahead for us, the full vision of what God sees for us cannot and will not be revealed to us, at this time.
Paul writes here a quote from the Old Testament, that no one has seen, heard, or conceived of what God has waiting for us. There could be a variety of reasons for this. We may not prepared, to be exposed to what God has in store for us. We may not have the understanding and experience to take in the information. Or God could just enjoy surprising us with blessings beyond our wildest imagination.
Any of these may be the case, or God may have something else that gives him a reason for not fully disclosing everything to us now. This is one place where we must have faith and trust in His providence for us.
Getting our hearts and minds around this concept puts us in a tranquil place where, regardless of the surroundings, our hearts are filled, with anticipation and joy for what God has planned for us.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (CSB)
He in us, us in Him, Him working through us, and us relying on Him. His perspective, our direction.
In His Grace!