Finding Perspective in God’s Light
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:9
As I sat on my couch that morning, with my inadequate perspective in need of the Lord's, I under‐ stood full well that He Is the fountain of life and in Him I see things as I should.
This change in perspective happens as I begin to consider what the Word has to say about my circumstance, because it is in the Bible that I learn what His perspective Is on any given situation.
For instance, that particular day I was drained from the emotional highs and lows of family life. When you have family members going through the peaks and valleys of their own lives, it is hard to not get caught up in their drama.
Whether they are experiencing the greatest of achievements or the worst of defeats, it can all get to be too much.
I liken it to getting caught up in their dust storm. It is way too easy to get carried away. The tension exists as I yearn for steadiness and consistency. Mind you I am not saying flat emotions, just steady emotions . And that is what brought Jesus to my mind that day.
While experiencing the ebb and flow of two family members' emotions, connected to their ongoing goals and struggles in life, I realized there had to be a better way of handling this thing called "life"!
My mind remembered Jesus in Luke 4:14‐30. Jesus went from being praised in one place to being driven out of town in another.
The highs of people thinking He was wonderful and then the lows of people trying to throw Him off a cliff were extreme to say the least. Yet Jesus handled it with such peace and perspective. He did not get caught up in the fame, nor the infamy. It simply said He "went on His way".
He had stayed firmly rooted in His God‐given purpose, preaching the good news, knowing that the praise and persecution were under God's control and not for Him to be overly concerned with.
He entrusted it to whom it was meant and then He rested in that knowledge. Jesus abided in the All‐Sufficiency of His Father, which enabled Him to maintain composure.
Pondering how Jesus handled His life so calmly helped me see how I could as well. This lesson from Jesus reminds me of why I look to Him for perspective.
Psalm 36:9 says, “For with you is the fountain of life, in your light do we see light." (ESV)
I learned the better way of responding to life by looking to the fountain of all life and learning from His example. It was in His "light" that I saw my light, a better perspective. Who better to glean perspective from than Him?
Having lived long enough and hard enough to understand my own deficiencies, I am assured that God absolutely has the perspective I need and can't live without!
We can learn a better way of responding to life by looking to the fountain of life.