Thursday, January 06, 2011


This morning I came across this quote,
"Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things"
~ Miyamoto Musashi
Is this not the perspective of God? Is He not able to see far beyond the future? Where we think we see, and think we know, we really cannot see much farther down the road than the end of our nose.

This was true for Samuel as he mourned the end of Saul's place as God's anointed king. (1 Samuel 16:1) Yet, God told Samuel to get up and get back to work because all was not lost, in fact God had a new king already chosen, a man that was pursuant of God's own heart. (1 Samuel 15:28; Acts 13:22)

In my current sermon series, "Origins: Beginning Again with God" (Studies in the book of Genesis) we have been following the life and times of Joseph a young man who would have had a right to look up and shake his fist at God and ask, "What are You doing?" or maybe better yet to ask the LORD, "Do You have an idea of what's going on down here, or care, or have a plan?" But Joseph does not rail at God that way, rather he moves forward in quiet trust that the LORD is sovereign, and more than just knowing what is going on is in fact intimately involved and is working things to His desired end and glory.

This truth about God is vital to our lives, especially as we face not only an uncertain future, but an uncertain today. We need to pray for eyes which are able to perceive as God does. We need to seek the LORD and humbly ask for His perspective, not so we can be like God, but so we can have hope, and with that hope be able to move from mourning to ministry. (1 Samuel 16:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:58)

So, take some time to read through Genesis 42:1-38, and once again marvel at the sovereignty of God. Remember that the LORD does have a purpose and a plan, and He will see it through to completion. And in that truth, may we all find a hope and a peace.

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