I know that when I read the Bible or see something inspirational, I think from my point of view, the time I am in, and how it would impact others as well as myself.
Recently while I was reading, I was struck by the fact of what Jesus said was more three-dimensional. Christians believe that Jesus is God, so when he stated things he would not have been bound by location, time, or really anything.
For example, read the following and think of these passages from a perspective if you were limitless:
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. Matthew 24:7-9 (NIV)
People ask why things are happening and why God would allow so many bad things to happen. The interesting thing is He knows that the workers are few and that the end will come. He knows from a perspective we cannot even imagine being close to. The distance of the pain, our self-centeredness, and our ‘all about me’ attitude keeps us from not seeing the big picture so much.
Paul states it clearly: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
God knows the peace you are headed toward in the midst of all you are feeling. Can you rise above what you are living through and see the big picture? Are you willing to call on His name for help? Do you know He knew and knows and will make sure in the end that you will be made right? Can you trust God and the people He has around you no matter the pain?Do You Really Believe? Questions, Share, Email, Facebook
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