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Remember Perspective (14 of 14)
INTRO: One of the biggest battles of living is keeping a healthy perspective. Because we cannot see into the future we have a hard time with perspective of events in the present ... wondering where things are going. The secret to living a stable Christian life is the ability to find perspective, and since we can't see into the future we need to look to the past for focus. In fact, a longer look back can help us in great ways; of course we need to be looking at the right things in the past. The ways God works in our lives can sometimes only be seen by looking back, and then this will give us confidence when we need to look forward:
ILLUS: DR. JAMES M. GRAY, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE, WAS CONVALESCING FROM A SEVERE ILLNESS. HIS PHYSICIAN, THINKING THAT A CHANGE OF SCENERY MIGHT BRING THE RELAXATION HIS PATIENT NEEDED, ADVISED HIM TO TAKE AN OCEAN VOYAGE. BUT JUST WHEN ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE JOURNEY WERE COMPLETED, DR. GRAY EXPERIENCED AN UNEXPECTED PHYSICAL SETBACK - HE WAS GREATLY DISAPPOINTED AND BEGAN TO WONDER WHY THE HEAVENLY FATHER HAD ALLOWED THIS NEW AFFLICTION TO COME. ABOUT A WEEK LATER HE PICKED UP A NEWS¬PAPER THAT CARRIED ON THE FRONT PAGE THE TRAGIC ACCOUNT OF A STEAMER THAT HAD SUNK AFTER STRIKING A REEF IN ST. JOHN'S HARBOR. THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS. WHEN GRAY READ THAT THIS WAS THE SHIP HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN HE REALIZED HOW PERFECTLY THE LORD HAD DIRECTED HIS WAY. HIS TEMPORARY SICKNESS HAD DELIVERED HIM FROM CERTAIN DEATH! THE PASSAGE OF TIME HAD ERASED THE QUESTIONS OF GOD'S GOODNESS! – SOURCE UNKNOWN
So often we question God's goodness based on only the momentary pain we are experiencing. When God's actions are viewed however through a longer time frame we will often see things in a completely different perspective, this is one of the reasons we have the Bible stories of yesterday of God's mercy and grace, to help us get a ...
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