One song that was heard several times during the Christmas season asked “Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?” Many times people can see the same picture or event and yet notice different things. No two reporters will write exactly the same about the news item they are reporting. The Bible also often shows us two different perspectives on events it records – man’s perspective and God’s perspective.
When Moses and the people of Israel saw the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptians quickly coming up behind them, God saw the path of dry land through the sea for His people and the sea crashing together to destroy the enemy (Exodus 14). When Elijah heard Jezebel’s threats against him, he became discouraged, thinking he was the only person in Israel who served God. But God revealed there were over 7,000 people who had not served Baal (I Kings 19:14,18). When the armies of Israel saw Goliath, an enemy nearly 10 feet tall, clothed with armor, protected by a shield, and facing them with a mighty spear, David saw an enemy of the living God and an opportunity to use God’s might and his own talent with the sling to show the whole earth that “there is a God in Israel” (I Samuel 17:46). Jesus’ disciples were on the Sea of Galilee and felt a strong wind come up. They saw their boat being tossed about, and they thought they saw a ghost coming toward them. But they were mistaken. It was really Jesus walking on the water toward them, bringing peace to the storm on the sea and to the fear in their hearts. (Matthew 14:24-33). And on the first day of the week after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, women came to the tomb, a place of death. But that day, the tomb was a place of victory over death for Jesus was alive! He had conquered the grave (Luke 24:1-6).
So, when you fear and are ready to give up, when the enemies seem too many and too strong, when the storms of life threaten, and when things happen totally differently than you expect, try looking at things from God’s perspective. He is still in control. He has a plan. He is with you, and He is more powerful than any enemy.