Friday, October 5, 2012
In a recent conversation, someone said, "I question how such a beautiful God could have created so many enemies that will end up in Hell."
I responded, "God doesn't create enemies. He creates individuals whom He takes time to uniquely design & bestow with talents. Perhaps a better question is how such a beautiful God can continue to selflessly give & sustain life - and even have given His own life - for the benefit of those who continually and will ultimately reject His love in ingratitude."
Do you see how the wrong perspective can pervert the image of God...even for those who seek to serve Him? From an earthly view (man's vision), it seems unloving and cruel for God to send people to Hell. Yet from a Heavenly view (God's vision), He is the author and sustainer of of life, even for those who despise Him and curse His name. He gives air to breathe and allows the sun to shine even on His enemies, for whom He suffered a tortuous death just to offer them the hope of eternal life. Who would make such sacrifices?? Only our God.
It just makes sense that man's view looking up at God from the earth would be different than what God sees as He looks down at the earth from the Heavenlies. God's view is expansive; He sees the broad picture as He looks across the ages in one glance. He knows the end from the beginning. How could the one snapshot in time we perceive in our glance at Him ever convey the totality of who He is or what He is doing? If we try to judge His eternal works from such a view we will never understand Him. We need a Heavenly vision.
My sin is too big. It is too late for me." The view from God's perspective says, "My grace is sufficient for you so repent and trust me to deliver you."
Man says, "This situation is impossible." God says, "There is nothing impossible for Me."
Man fears, "God has forgotten me. He has turned His face from me." God says, "I will never leave you or forsake you. Sanctify yourself and submit to my purging. From the fiery trial I am bringing forth pure gold."
Man claims, "It is okay if I appease my flesh just a little bit, as long as I keep my "secular" life separate from my "spiritual" life. It is natural to still like some things in the world. God understands; after all, nobody is perfect." God says, "I want all of you and will prove you to see if all of your heart and soul is dedicated to me. Do not be found wanting when you are weighed in the balances. Be perfect. Be ye holy, for I am holy."
A Heavenly vision will give you peace in the midst of a storm, because you can rest trusting that God not only knows the end of the matter, but He has already provided for it.
A Heavenly vision will prevent you from questioning God's righteousness or doubting His character because you can perceive His longsuffering with man and the selfless sacrifices He has made from the beginning.
A Heavenly vision will keep you humble as you consider that we are but a small speck in the scope of His great plan.
A Heavenly vision will not allow you to get caught up or ensnared by the cares of this life for you know that the things of this world are temporal and will pass away.
A Heavenly vision will give you patience with others instead of getting offended or angry for it keeps you mindful how much we have offended our God, and yet been forgiven.
A Heavenly vision will get your eyes off of yourself so that God can give you a heart for the lost.
In the days to come, it will be important more than ever to see as God sees. Jesus told us that deception would be exceptionally strong and many will fall away as they forget their first love. May God give us a Heavenly vision to equip, empower, and encourage us in these days. Consume us Oh Lord as we make you our heart's desire.
Be Thou My Vision, by Catherine Lovett from Daniel & Catherine Lovett on Vimeo.