God's Vantage Point is Bigger and Better Than Ours
Anxious. Overwhelmed. Stressed. Fearful.
These are some of the emotions I hear from leaders I talk to almost every day. They also describe me sometimes. There are days when I’m fearful of the unknown or anxious about the decisions I need to make. You and I don’t know what tomorrow holds.
But all I can see is right in front of me. I don’t know what the future truly brings. Only God knows all.
This is why it’s so important to go to God every day and allow Him to speak to us, fill us up with His strength, and give us His wisdom.
Remember, none of us has God’s perspective. You and I can only see what we can see, right? I clearly recognize the immediate challenges I’m facing today, but I don’t have context for the entire challenge or the future. And really, there’s only so much that we can actually control. The only person who has a true, complete vantage point is God. He exists outside of time and sees the beginning all the way to the end.
Here’s what I know: if I try to do everything in my own strength, it’ll never work. But if I do what God wants me to do, the way He wants me to do it to the best of my ability, even if I’m missing it a little bit, God will honor my efforts and desires and still accomplish His purposes through me for His glory.
God’s vantage point is much bigger than ours.
Have you ever felt like God is leading you on a fool’s errand? But when you trusted Him, didn’t everything turn out even better than you imagined? You’re not the first person to feel this way, and you won’t be the last. There are examples of this dynamic all through the Bible.
Take David, for example. In 2 Samuel, we are told that King David’s enemy, the Philistines heard he had been anointed king and decided to test him in battle. When he prays to God, God tells David to attack. As you may know, David defeated his enemy with God’s strategy!
But then, the Philistines come to attack again.
Now, David had already defeated them once. But he remembered that he didn’t do it alone. He was just following God’s direction, so he went back to God. This time, God gave him a different tactic.
And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees...so David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines…”
2 Samuel 5:23,25
I might just use the same strategy I had used before with such great success if it were me.
David was a great king and mighty warrior, but he didn’t depend on his own knowledge or his own strategies. Instead, he asked God, trusted Him, and followed His direction -- God can do the same for you and me -- as we seek Him and trust Him.
David understood that God could see what he couldn’t. He knew God’s direction was way more reliable than even his great warrior instinct.
I’ll tell you that when the COVID-19 pandemic first began, it seemed like the best course of action would’ve been to stop building until the world reopened. I mean, that’s what a lot of the rest of the country’s home builders were doing, so it must be the right move, right?
Well, we took advantage of something we all have access to: God’s vantage point. That’s why when He told us to keep moving forward with our business plan, we didn’t hesitate even though it didn’t seem to make much sense at the time.
We did our best to obey what we believed He told us to do. Because of God’s perspective, even when we didn’t do everything perfectly, we came out of 2020 stronger financially and as a company than we started. We can always trust God’s plans because His vantage point is so much bigger than ours. When others were looking at the short-term, He kept us on track for the long.
God’s vantage point is much better than ours.
As Christian business leaders, we can get so wrapped up in our challenges that we forget the eternal possibility of what’s in front of us. Don’t get me wrong. God cares about every detail of our lives. He doesn’t want His children to suffer. But, because of His vantage point, He will allow certain things to happen. He can accomplish two things through our struggles:
- More people can come to know Him.
When we are consumed with our problems, we’re consumed with ourselves. Instead, God wants us to focus on Him and the people around us. When we trade our vantage point for His, we will see people the way He sees them. We’ll be more likely to stop and listen and pray for people. We can let Him order our steps so we can accomplish His purpose in helping people come to know Jesus.
- Our faith can be strengthened.
When we broaden our perspective, we realize how small we are and how big God is. What is facing us today is temporal. It’s so important that we remember our place. God loves us and values us, not because we handle some situation brilliantly or make the most sales in our area. He chooses to love us as His children. That love goes beyond our accomplishments and failures. Our faith in Him and our relationship with Him grows as we gain God’s perspective over our own. He transforms us through the renewing of our minds, changes in our hearts, and changes in the way we believe.
So, how does this work in my life?
- I have to be real with myself and where I really am.
I don’t do this perfectly. There are days when I forget, or I fall short. But, the more I rely on God and see Him come through, the easier it is to prioritize my prayer time and reliance on Him. I pray honestly to God:
“God, You’re going to have to change my perspective because my attitude stinks and I don’t really feel like praying today.
I’m agreeing to enter into what you’re doing, but I need You to remind me of the hope and confidence that comes through You.
Help me run this race and run it with love and joy and hope.
Because I know that’s who You are.”
- I have to remember who I am.
My identity comes from God. I am His son. I can’t earn His love, and I can’t do anything
to change it. My acceptance as His child doesn’t come from what I do or don’t do.
- I have to surrender.
Psalm 24:1 tells us the earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord. So, why am I trying to carry it all? Of course, I have responsibilities, but if I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s likely because I’m trying to control what isn’t mine to manage.
Trust God. His vantage point is so much bigger and better than ours. Ask Him every day to show you His will so you can accomplish His purposes. Trust God, love people, and make the wisest decisions you can.
You never know what good things God has planned for your future!