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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions God sees what we cannot.
God sees what we cannot. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:05

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT); “So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

“God sees more out of His window than you see out of yours” (Canon J. John). For me we far too often tend to forget that reality. Think about it. If we could see things from God’s perspective, if we could see the big picture as He does, it would change everything, wouldn’t it? As we have discussed before, nothing we do amazes God. It’s not like He says; “Wow, thank you for reminding me but that really just slipped my mind, in fact, I did not see that one coming!” In reality, we can only see things on ground level and live mostly by sight not as often as we would like to by faith. That is why we pray. When we pray what we are doing is seeking to understand God’s ways, His will, and things from His perspective, to see the big picture. Perspective is so important. God sees what we cannot, and perspective is a quintessential key to the Christian life. Why? Because people who are able to fix their eyes on the unseen are able to weather the storms at ground level. So when we fix our eyes on what is seen and neglect what is unseen to us we tend to lose our focus and are, quite simply, “stuck in a moment that we cannot get out of” (Bono). The writer of Hebrews 11:6 states; “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” It is when when we view life from this perspective that we are able to find joy in anything, even pain or grief, and even when people let us down we are able to ‘really’ forgive them and ask God to help us find joy in them again. So my hope for you today is that you can acknowledge that, by having faith in God alone, you can experience great joy as a gift from Him, no matter your circumstance. Because from our limited human viewpoint we think of the earthly, but God lives in the eternal. That, whilst we are thinking of today, God is planning for tomorrow. That, where we are thinking of comfort, God is thinking of character. That, where we are thinking of an easy, risk-averse, and armchair-ride where we have enough money to pay our bills and experience no hardships, God is thinking of how to make us better people who are becoming more like His son Jesus Christ. So my prayer is that you and I trust Him, that, whatever our circumstance and hardship, we will believe His promise to us His children because He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

 

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