A man was having a particularly intimate conversation with God by way of prayer. The man asked, “God, how long is a million years to you?” God answered, “It’s just like a second of time for you, my child.” The man asked, “And what is a million dollars to you, Lord?” God answered, “To me, it’s just like a single penny.” The man asked, “Then Lord, will you give me one of your pennies?” God answered, “Certainly. In a second.”
Perspective. It means everything, doesn’t it? And God’s perspective on just about everything is vastly different than ours. That’s why Isaiah 55:8-9 says:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (N.K.J.V.)
I don’t know what you are going through right now, but let me encourage you to stop seeing it through your limited perspective and start seeing it through God’s eternal one. Are you currently enjoying a season of good times when everything is going well for you? Perhaps God is allowing you to take His test of prosperity (which is a difficult test to pass, by the way). Are you dealing with some awful situation and you can’t understand why God hasn’t fixed it yet? Perhaps He is building patience and perseverance into you. Are you facing something that looks completely and utterly hopeless? Perhaps He is enrolling you in His course on faith. On and on I could go with the hypothetical situations and God’s perspective on them, but you get the idea.
One of the best things you can do in the midst of ANY situation — whether it be good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, pleasing or trying — is ask God to help you see it from His perspective. And when He provides that insight, what you’ll probably find is that He has a different agenda than you do for the situation. In other words, you might be trying to get one thing out of the situation, while He is trying to give you something completely different through it. Speaking from personal experience, I can’t tell you how many times He and I have been on different agendas regarding what was going on in my life. I was zigging but He was zagging.
So, wherever this post finds you, put it to use regarding your circumstance. Yes, God’s thoughts are not your thoughts and His ways are not your ways, but that doesn’t mean that His thoughts and ways are not as good as yours. To the contrary, His thoughts and ways are higher than yours, as high as the heavens are from the earth. That means that His thoughts and ways can be trusted even when they don’t make any sense to you. Like I said, you just have to start seeing things from His perspective, not yours.