Fresh Hope – 11th March 2019

Has life ever left you puzzled? Welcome to the Psalmist club! Asaph was a singer. In Psalm 73:16 he sings, ‘When I tried to understand it all, I just couldn’t. It was too puzzling – too much of a riddle to me’.

While life’s puzzling circumstances don’t just vanish, the Bible says that our present perspective can, and a perspective can change everything.

Asaph continued to sing, ‘but then one day I was brought into the sanctuaries of God, and in the light of glory, my distorted perspective vanished. Then I understood…’ (Psalm 73:17).

I am not saying present troubles are an illusion or state of mind. In fact, unlike many religious beliefs, Christianity teaches the opposite. It teaches that suffering is a reality, but can be meaningful – it can make you something great. It simply requires fixing our eyes on Jesus… who likes us, endured pain for a joy he could see beyond the present. His present perspective vanished in light of what he could see before him! (Hebrews 12:2).

Like Asaph, we may not need our problems to vanish, but our perspective to shift. The best place for a perspective shift is the presence of God. Get into the presence of God until you understand in a new way!

Emma Burchell

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