How many know that we are to believe, see, and live life from God’s perspective? I call this “God’s Vantage Point”, or living life from God’s Vantage Point! Nothing takes God by surprise because He already knows and sees all things. When we live from His perspective we too will have the advantage.
How many remember the movie “Vantage Point”, by Forest Whitaker? His character, Howard Lewis, was an American on vacation in Spain. While touring and recording with his camera, he caught some footage of the President of the United States being shot. He captured a “vantage point” that no one else had of the shooting, to include the FBI and secret service just because of his position at a precise moment. Perspective is important. “Where you stand determines what you see!”
Your decisions and how you live your life are based on how you see things. In that sense, perspective is often even more important than reality. God sees things so much differently than you and I. He even sees your life different from what you see; remember He knows the details of the end from the beginning. The truth is, until we begin to see life from His perspectives, we are going to continue to live life wrong. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)
Matter of fact, He is called the God that Sees, “EL Roi”: the God that sees me. He is revealed as such in Genesis 16:13, “She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Ro…”
The God that sees and sees all views things differently than you and I. People look and conclude on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart and truly sees. God made that truth clear in 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
God doesn’t only see your moment, but He sees your future, and your potential! God sees you in Christ, in our born-again spirit, and what He sees is perfect, even though your actions aren’t. Look at Isaiah 55:8-13, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…” In the midst of struggles and challenging times God says “I see beyond your current circumstance and situation and I have a plan. I have a perspective that’s higher than yours! Stand still and trust in Me! This battle I have already won for you! Be assured of and rest in the fact that My plans for you will give you hope and future!”
God has a vantage point of the world that we live in that you and I don’t have. The temptations we face in life are no different from what others experience, it may not seem that way at that moment, but they are not. And God is faithful; He will not allow the temptation (tests or trials) to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out (because He already knows how) so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
When you look at your world from God’s vantage point you will understand one of the great reasons you should never give up. Your present troubles are small and they will not last very long. That’s why God wants us to see life from His perspective. Yet the troubles produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So you don’t look at the troubles you can see now; instead fix your gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things you see now will soon be gone, but the things you cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
It is so easy in life, in your marriage, finances, with your children, your job, in ministry etc., to only see things from one angle: but God wants each of us to have a different vantage point, while living in this world. He wants us to have His vantage point.
Vantage means, “having a broader perspective; a place or position affording a good view of something; a higher view or stance, outlook”. God wants you to live your life from His vantage point of Grace, Love, and Mercy. Even the Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 4:11 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Although Paul had so much knowledge and experiences through studies and life he understood that he needed to look at things from God’s perspective, or vantage point. After all, we see in Isaiah 43:16-19 that God’s unchanging Word reveals, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it…”
Let me share 3 quick points as it pertains to God’s vantage point.
God’s vantage point speaks to us about God’s purpose, not our present. (Position, struggle, pain, failure, or lost)
God’s vantage point helps us to redefine our lives. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
God’s vantage point is the truth; it’s our reality in God.
Men and women of God, in what areas of your life do you need to shift in your perspective –change your point of view to God’s vantage point –see things like God sees them? Once you identify those areas I pray you have the boldness to make changes. This is how Janice and I are living our lives and this is how we are teaching those God has given us to lead to do the same.
IT IS HARVEST TIME!
Pastor Richard B. Peoples, Sr.