Have You Lost Perspective?

“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will
remember your miracles of long ago.”
Psalm 77:11

How can we trust God when life seems to be spinning out of control? Pastors and chaplains are often called upon in tough situations that feel out of control and hopeless. A rebellious teenager, a pending divorce, a financial collapse, or an unexpected death can ignite strong feelings of uncertainty and despair.

I remember well the emotional issues and heartbreak I faced as a chaplain after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More recently, while serving as a volunteer chaplain with the Post Falls Police Department, I was called in to provide chaplain services involving the expected death of a 47 year-old man. In both of these situations I was called to care for unbelievers who found their world spinning out of control. It’s gut-wrenching and heart-breaking to see people whose perspective and attitudes demonstrate “no hope”.

As believers, we only have to remember our own testimonies of how God has provided during our previous trials to know there is hope. We can read the great faith chapter of Hebrews 11 or numerous stories throughout the Bible that testify to God’s faithfulness. Remembering keeps us from sinking into despair. Remembering gives us God’s perspective.

The prophet Jeremiah reminds us that when we allow ourselves to see things through God’s perspective we become stronger in our trust and more secure in our faith: “This is what the Lord says: ‘What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’” Jeremiah 2:5-6.

When hard times come, remember that there is a greater purpose. It could be a test (James 1:3), an opportunity (Gal. 6:10), discipline to get us back on track (Num. 14:18), or a blessing in disguise.

It may feel like life is spinning out of control, but God is absolutely in control. He wants what’s best for us, and He will work it for good in our lives. Let’s not let our circumstances drive us into the wilderness of despair. Let’s remember what God has done and who God is.

The Power of Truth:

  • “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • ““And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Suggestion for Prayer:

Tell God about the times when He rescued you. Praise Him!