Putting Things Into Perspective

"For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin" (Hebrews 12:3-4). Often as Christians, we can find ourselves in situations that are not fair or are unjust. We can look around and see those that are evil seeming to get the upper hand. We can become discouraged in living for God and wonder whether our walks with God are worth anything.

At times when we are discouraged, it helps if we can change our perspectives. Perspective is the angle or view through which or by which we see something. Perspective is more than just the object of our view, but it is also the background and elements that we see surrounding the object of our focus.

If you've ever been to Niagara Falls and viewed the falls from the Canadian side, you have seen the Horseshoe Falls. You can ride a boat called the Maid of the Mist into the middle of the Horseshoe Falls. When you are down there in that boat, surrounded on three sides by waterfalls, with the roar of falls over 100 feet high, and the water churning and mist rising up into the air, it can seem very tumultuous even on a nice sunny day. In that boat, the falls look very close, and the boat is rising and falling with the water; but to view someone else riding int he same boat from the top of the falls doesn't seem like much. The boat doesn't seem to get that close to the falls. The waters don't seem that rough. It doesn't seem to be much more than a nice boat ride on a hot day. This is perspective. What a change in thinking a new perspective can bring!

When things seem to be bad or discouraging, we can change our perspective by considering what Jesus went through for us. The Bible tells us to consider the contradiction Jesus went through for us: the righteous for the sinner, the just for the unjust. He was mocked, but resisted retaliating. He gave His life so that we could have life. We haven't resisted sin to the point where it has cost us our lives, and we still have the promise of Jesus' spirit. We can change our perspectives by knowing that Jesus knows and understands everything we go through, and His Word says, "...lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world " (Matthew 28:20).

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