Advent devotional–DEC 6: Right Perspective

How you look at things is important. Right perspective helps us to see the true nature of a circumstance or situation. At first glance a situation might seem to suggest one reality, but when you take the time to see it from various angles you begin to see the whole picture.

I was talking with a non-believer acquaintance of mine this week, sharing the Gospel with him. He kept asking me questions about the various problems that, from his perspective, kept him from believing in GOD. I felt the Spirit telling me that he was just seeing things from the wrong perspective. “Why is there sickness and illness?” he asked. Now, it is true that there is sickness and illness in this world, but I told him he is asking the wrong question. Rather than, “why is there sickness?”, we should ask, “why is there not more sickness?”

I just finished an EMT certification course and I am a Physician Assistant student. The more I learn about how marvelous the body is in it’s functioning, and how well it protects itself, the more amazed I am. The body is constantly under attack and it is designed (literally) to fight off parasites, bacteria, viruses, cancers, and to heal wounds. It is not a problem for me to think that we get sick, in fact I am amazed that our bodies are so well equipped and that there is not more sickness in the world. We should be much sicker, but the body does such a good job at protecting itself because GOD made it so well. It’s all about proper perspective.

Mary is visited by Gabriel the angel in Luke 1 and told that she will be overshadowed by the Spirit of GOD to become pregnant with the Son of GOD. She could think of herself as a big deal, but she chose humility. Her response to Gabriel’s announcement from GOD was this:

Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

This is no small thing. Her humility gave her right perspective. I imagine it would be a great temptation for her to think that she was so much better than all the other women in that town; Indeed, in the world! She was chosen out of all women to give birth to the Son of GOD, the Savior of the world. But Mary knew that she was merely and instrument of GOD, being used to do his will. What a wonderful reality! This meant that she would get to take part in the good work of GOD in redeeming the world, but did not have to be the one who brought it about. GOD was the one at work, he would be the redemption of the world, not Mary.

Does humility mean that we are to look down on ourselves and deny the good going on in our lives? No. That is false humility. True humility requires right prospective, mainly that the good that is in us is of GOD. Recognize it and give credit where credit is due; glorify GOD. Read Mary’s Magnificat from Luke 1:

Luke 1: 46-55
46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

This is a great example of right prospective. Mary praises GOD for the work he is doing in her life, a work she is overjoyed to be a part of. She does not take credit for it, but rejoices in seeing GOD’s hand at work:

– Mary takes joy in and appreciates GOD, verses 46-47
– Acknowledgement of position (I’m a servant, he is mighty/Holy) and the good work GOD did (That’s Grace!), verse 48-49
– Mary remembers that GOD lifts up the humble and makes the proud stumble, verses 50-53
– Mary praises GOD because he has kept his promises, verses 54-55

I pray that I can have right perspective. I pray the same for you. Let us together strive to be filled with the knowledge of his wil, with all spiritual wisdom and understanding, and let us remember what it says in James 1:17

17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.



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