Seeing From God’s Perspective

Max Lucado has some very interesting things to share on this in his devotional, “Grace for the Moment Volume II: More Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year”

God Sees What We Can’t

“No one is like the LORD our God, who rules from heaven.”  – Psalm 113:5

On a trip to the United Kingdom, our family visited a castle.  In the center of the garden sat a maze.  Row after row of shoulder-high hedges, leading to one dead end after another.  Successfully navigate the labyrinth, and discover the door to a tall tower in the center of the garden.  Were you to look at our family pictures of the trip, you’d see four of five family members standing on the top of the tower. Hmmm, someone is still on the ground.  Guess who?  I was stuck in the foliage I just couldn’t figure out which way to go.

Ah, but then I heard a voice from above.  “Hey, Dad.” I looked up to see Sara, peering through the turret at the top.  “You’re going the wrong way,” she explained. “Back up and turn right.”

Do you think I trusted her? I didn’t have to.  But do you know what I did?  I listened.  Her vantage point was better than mine.  She was above the maze.  She could see what I couldn’t.

Don’t you think we should do the same with God?

Max Lucado makes a great point here.  It seems to be so simple to let God who sees all from heaven and knows all to give in to His perspective or still small voice calling us to “Back up and turn right”.   But in comes choice and pride and the voice, “I know what I’m doing.  I can do it.  I’ll do it by myself.”  We sound like toddlers attempting to exert our rights.  But just like the toddlers parents that knows what’s best for him or her so does our Heavenly Father knows what’s best.

The toddler is in a hurry to be like the parent without listening to the parent.  It doesn’t work for the toddler and it doesn’t work for us.  We must bow down to God’s perspective.  He has a greater vantage point than us.  Not only is He looking from the vantage of Heaven and the present but eternity future.  He can see the whole picture while we can not.  After all He is God, we are not!

Any time we try to put ourselves in the place where God should be we sin and we will find that life will become as difficult as trying to go through that maze in the dead of night, difficult, confusing, near to impossible to navigate, scary, worrisome, anxiety causing and a host of other miserable things that are unnecessary if we just listen to God and follow His leading.

We need to put our pride aside, leave the toddler stage and mature to at the least young adults that will not only listen to the whispers of the Lord but in obedience follow that guidance.  Once we’ve done that we are well on our way to living the abundant life God has in store for us.

Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart

Honor Your Body

“The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?  Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute?  Never!  Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body?  For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’  But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

1 Corinthians 6:13b-20

There was a time looking at verse 20 “you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”  I thought that that was all inclusive.  Meaning if I had eating issues I was not honoring God with my body. But if you look in context of the scripture that is not what it is saying.

Let’s start at verse 12 and go to 13a:

“‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but not everything is beneficial.  ‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but I will not be mastered by anything.  ‘Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food’ – but God will destroy them both.”

As far as food is concerned the question is not is it permissible but is it beneficial. I had allowed food to become my master and that is where the problem is.  Nothing should be master over me other than my Precious Lord.

So the question then came to me if eating right was no longer how I honored God with my body what was it?  I had to look at the scripture in context and then it became very simply to know what God wanted of His children.  He even says it. “Flee sexual immorality!”

I’ve been single for 22 years and I know that this isn’t always a popular topic in any community to talk about.  In the secular community it isn’t politically correct to talk about sexual immorality.  As a matter of fact it is believed that sexual freedom is a part of our constitutional rights.

But those of us that follow God’s law are called to a higher standard.  We are called to sexual purity.  There is no place for sex outside of marriage!  It is Biblical.  It breaks my heart when I hear of Christians struggling in this area.  Not to say that I haven’t in my past but we have the fruits of the Spirit to help us one being self-control.

From my experiences if I go beyond where I can remain pure in not just body but mind as well, I’m sunk and self-control is out the window.  So I had to look at where my boundaries are for dating, since this recently became part of my life.  What can I do that will keep me pure physically and mentally.

This took some rigorous honesty with myself.  Is holding hands okay?  Is having his arm around me okay?  Yes as long as it is above the waste.  Is hugging alright? Definitely!  Is cuddling alright?  I think so.  Is kissing on the lips alright?  For me this is where I had to stop.  Kisses are very sexual to me and my mind then runs wild and sometimes my body.  So should it be God’s will that will wait for the man I marry, on my wedding day.

And oh will it be worth it!  You see I want to be as pure as possible and I want to do my best to avoid any traps the enemy may try to put in my way.  I want to be pleasing to God.

I also know that once the physical starts the talking and friendship development starts to suffer if you start to get to hot and heavy too fast.  With the right man I’ll have a lifetime for that.  But to find the right man is the most important thing and I don’t want to eliminate the courtship of learning about each other as friends and caring for that person without sex getting in the way.

I know my ways may sound foreign to many of you but I’m confident of this that my desires to please God and honor Him will be blessed.

If your in a relationship do yourself and your partner a favor and talk about what are your boundaries.  Do yourself the greatest favor and before you get together pray and seek God to help you find what is the best set of boundaries for you.  Then you can come together and see if you can honor one another’s boundaries.

Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart!