Perspective is a funny thing. While watching the Dodgers in the postseason I noticed my opinion changed depending which side of the ball the Dodgers were on. If a Dodger whiffed on a pitch it was because they were a buffoon. If the Braves/Brewers/Red Sox whiffed it was obviously due to the amazing skill of the Dodger pitcher. The Dodgers received either all the credit or all the blame. That’s my perspective and I’m sticking to it.
The problem with that is my perspective is flawed. It is emotional, often irrational (usually), and most assuredly self-focused (always). My perspective is based on my wants, my desires, and my pleasures. If someone or some situation does not contribute in some way to the fulfillment of those things it is universally viewed as “bad” and must be “wrong”. In baseball that is mostly acceptable and appropriate. I’m a fan and a fairly passionate as well as opinionated one at that (shocking, I know)! That is how being a fan works. Viewing the events of my life through that same lens though is anything but healthy and overtly contrary to Scripture and the life of faith.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NASB)
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
Isaiah 46:9-10 (NASB)
“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Romans 8:28 (NASB)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (NASB)
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
I have been created to understand and know the significance and value of the events and workings of my life but that sacred knowledge comes only through faith in and knowledge of God. It is rooted in His proven and unassailable character which He has demonstrated through the ages. God knows me and knows what is best for me. Every move He makes in my life is based on His perfect knowledge, His perfect love, and His perfect purposes. My life simply needs to be lived in a settled and abiding trust He will make good on His promises and purposes in my life and in the world.
My focused pursuit of personal happiness will only lead me away from what is good and will always be in opposition to what is of God. Only via a resilient reliance upon Him will I realize meaning and satisfaction to the seemingly tumultuous events and circumstances of my life.
Now, if I could just get the same from the Dodgers…