God’s Perspective

I was reading in Acts today in Chapter 9 where it talks about Saul’s conversion. After Saul has gone on to Damascus we get to see this really neat picture of God’s relationship with another disciple (check it out here). I love what God says to Ananias here. God speaks of Saul as if he were just a man with a need. God doesn’t lay out all of who Saul was or what he had been doing. God doesn’t say, "The guy who has been arresting followers of the way." God simply says there is this guy named Saul. He is blind and he needs to see, and I am sending you, Ananias, to help him do that.

It is Ananias who brings up Saul’s past. It is Ananias who doesn’t see the changed man, but the old man. How many times in our own lives do we have times like this. God speaks to our hearts and says, "Go over there and talk to that man." But immediately we find excuses of why we can’t. He is too mean, too dirty, too poor, too into his paper, too busy to be bothered. We throw up dozens of reasons why we can’t go and talk to that guy. 

Of course what we are going is offering reasons why we think that guy doesn’t deserve the love of God. 

Isn’t it great that God doesn’t have that perspective? Isn’t it wonderful that God sees us as we are and yet at the same time sees us as who He created us to be. Isn’t it great that God calls to us no matter what our reputation or past? That is great for us, and we are happy to know that God does that for us. It is when He does it for people that we don’t like or don’t want to reach out to that things get a difficult.

    God, don’t you know he is gay?
    God, can’t you see her clothes?
    God, he is rich, he doesn’t need us?
    God, haven’t you heard about her affair?
    God, he smells bad.
    God, she is scary.
    God, don’t you remember when she yelled at me last week.
    God, he is a jock, and I am sooo not.
    God, she is just…well…different.    

 Those are our excuses and God answers each of them with this simple truth. Not that these people are blind and need you to tell them how to see. The truth of God is that you are blind and through these people He will help you to see as He sees.

4 thoughts on “God’s Perspective

  • September 11, 2007 at 4:15 PM
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    "The truth of God is that you are blind and through these people He will help you to see as He sees. " – brilliant, I really like that line! thank you

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  • September 12, 2007 at 4:01 AM
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    Hi, Im from Melbourne.

    What you are describing is the parental deity-which is the projection of the nieve frightened child. The big-daddy "creator" god that supposedly looks after us and chastises us when we are "naughty".

    Please check out an understanding of Real God as all pervasive Conscious Light,or the Light filled context of our being-existence rather than our "creator"

    1. http://www.dabase.org/dht7.htm
    2. http://www.dabase.org/broken.htm
    3. http://www.dabase.org/tfrbklih.htm
    4. http://www.aboutadidam.org/readings/parental_deity/index.html

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  • September 12, 2007 at 6:47 PM
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    Thanks for your opinion John. I am glad that you took the time to read through Nailscars.com and comment. I love to hear from readers who both agree and disagree with me.

    But as for who God is…Well, God is who the Bible says He is. Of course I can say that because at some time I took a step of faith and believed that the Bible was true. Since then I have never been proven wrong in that belief and God has revealed himself to me in a myriad of ways and times.

    At some point in your life you have made a faith choice to believe differently. We could go back and forth with arguments and proofs and discussions that have been debated for centuries and it will all come back to those 2 different faith choices.

    I believe that the Bible is the TRUTH. That there are not multiple Gods or ways to God.I believe in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for mankind. That belief colors my perspective in every way.

    You have a different view of of the world. It is colored by your belief that God is in everything. Everything that you you believe will come through that filter.

    I do believe that you are seeking to know and find the God who created you, even if you don’t understand that desire. I do believe that God is calling out to you and drawing you to him as you find places like this to explore who HE is.

    It is my hope that you will continue to be a part of this community, adding your own insights and reading the stories of God from me and others like me who post here. I believe that if you do God will reveal Himself to you. He is calling to you John, pursing you with His love. Keep searching for Him.

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  • August 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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    Thank you for all that you are putting up here. Your insight is so greatly appresciated. May god continue to use you in a great way to reach many more souls. And may here bless your ministry abundantly.

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