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Seen From Afar

Job 36:25

All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar.

RayMcDHave you ever seen one of those pictures where it looks like someone is holding up the Eiffel Tower? Have you ever seen a person holding another person or even the sun in the palm of their hand? Have you ever seen pictures that appear to be one thing at first glance only to later determine that it is something all together different? Our perception of things depends on our perspective – our view. Often our view is distorted because of our distance or our angle.

Remember how big our backyard looked when we were a young child and how much smaller it looked when we went back years later? Remember that hill that seemed too high to climb or dangerous when we were younger but like a small hill when we grew up (I remember the hill behind our home – the one where my balls got lost and it was too big for me to go down to get them)? I could go on and on. Our perception of things depends on our perspective – our view. We can be lost or overwhelmed at times because of our view of things. Things seem different when seen from afar.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Job 36:22–26 – 22 “God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him? 23 Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’? 24 Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song. 25 All humanity has seen it; mortals gaze on it from afar. 26 How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

Sometimes we don’t get a very good view of God – many times because we are not looking for Him. God is active in our daily lives – yet often we are so caught up in our own thoughts that we are not looking for Him. God is all-powerful – yet often we limit His power in our lives because we do not reach for Him – seek Him – desire Him. We try to do it ourselves – thinking we can handle it – when all along it would be so much better if we allowed God to help.

The Bible often reminds us that our perspective is not God’s perspective. God’s ways are not our ways. Isaiah 55:8-9 – 8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

We are so puny – dear readers – compared to God. It isn’t how big are the problems we face but rather how big is the God who faces them with us! We can be overwhelmed at times by life’s issues – but God is ready and able to help us over them – through them – our around them – if we would just turned to Him more often.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


September 14, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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