Adjusting My Vision
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance” (Romans 5:3; ESV)
What allows believers to “rejoice” in our tribulations, our afflictions, our sufferings and our burdens? Paul tells us that the answer is found in our “knowing” or our “seeing” of the situation (the word “knowing” in the Greek means to “see” or to “perceive”).
As Christians, in any given situation (i.e. exhaustion, pain, loss, poverty, confusion, conflict, stress, etc.) we are presented with two choices.
Choice #1: We can choose to see the situation from our perspective (see Numbers 13:25-29, 31-33). We can choose to see nothing but the obstacles, barricades and problems before us (see 2 Kings 6:8-15).
Choice #2: We can choose to see the situation as God sees it (Numbers 13:30;14:24; 2 Kings 6:16-19). How does God see suffering? As a conduit for producing perseverance in believers (Romans 5:3). How does God see our various trials? As a means of making us more patient people (James 1:2-3). How does God see weakness? As an opportunity to manifest His power (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Even when people hate us, mock us, exclude us or revile us, God sees it as a harbinger of our future heavenly reward (Luke 6:22-23)!
You and I have absolutely ZERO control over the daily circumstances, situations, difficulties that occur in our lives. BUT…we do have control over how we choose to see those circumstances (see James 1:12; 1 Peter 3:14; Acts 5:41; Philippians 2:17-18)
Lord, give me your eyes to see things the way You see them
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