“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”…Joseph wept when they spoke to him…but Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
Genesis 50: 15, 17, 19, 20 (ESV)
Just as the highest elevated locations of the world’s most powerful telescopes evade Earth’s murky atmosphere to peer ever deeper into the cosmos. It’s from differing points of view or perspective that we can often clearly reveal the truth that would otherwise be obscured. With God’s heavenly perspective we can see in perfect clarity, from a position not limited by the often-evil frantic nature of the physical world. Unlike his older brothers, Joseph, in his righteous understanding, was tuned into the truly benevolent and optimistic character of God. He knew the true nature of his God, full of love, compassion, and forgiveness. Consequently, he correctly perceived God’s intentions concerning his brothers and in great wisdom spoke his insightful words.
We may never adequately understand enough to become fully perceptive partners to God’s intentions for our present life and future unless we consent to see things from his perspective. This requires spiritual maturity and the ability to refrain from habitually jumping to selfish or narrow-minded conclusions. Instead, we must transform ourselves to walk daily as responsible citizens of his kingdom with the understanding that God, in his perfection, has given us the eternal keys to his kingdom and its treasury of revealing perspectives, insights, and spiritual resources.
To stay in step, however, we must humble ourselves before we can begin to align ourselves with his intentions, for we are replacing our ignorance and distorted worldview with the eternal truths and optimism that guide and empower the kingdom of God. We learn any new language faster by immersing ourselves in it. In the same way, we learn about God’s loving character by immersing ourselves in it. For in meditating on, absorbing, and applying the Word of God every day, he will invariably reveal himself to us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. From this incomparably advantageous perspective, we can expect nothing less than rich blessings with new vision and righteously deeper understanding, which follow in seamless accord with the nature of God.
Dear Lord keep us ever expectant and open-hearted, while tuned into your true nature so that we can correctly perceive your plans for our lives and those we touch. Amen.
A F Fischer