In the world but not of it

December 31, 2009

5 minutes early…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Do not worry (be anxious) about anything. Philippians 4:6

Recently my wife and I were invited by friends to their home for dinner. We were running a bit late and once we got in the car to head over we called and told them that we expected to be there 10 minutes past the hour.

When we pulled onto their street I looked at the clock and saw that it was only five minutes past the hour and without hesitation I said “we’re five minutes early”. My wife began to laugh and said that was an interesting perspective since we were late to begin with but since we had called ahead and set an expectation that we would be ten minutes late it now appeared that we were early. In fact, our friends said we made great time.

I thought about this later that evening and realized how important perspective really is and just how much it is influenced by the expectations we set for ourselves, whether true of false.

God wants us to have a real and firm perspective on life and that is why His Word gives us so many rich promises and teachings from the lives of so many heroes of faith.

The Lord never asked us to believe in something that has no backing. He does not expect us or desire us to be ignorant and unaware of the great truths in the Bible. It is all there for the taking and for us to have the proper perspective on the topics of life that matter most.

When God says not to worry or to be anxious but to trust Him it is because He knows all the details and He has established His character and His track record enough in our lives for us to accept His commands and promises without question.

My perspectives and expectations must be set based on His Word, as the Psalmist wrote “my soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. Psalms 62:5

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