Everybody is going to encounter some problems in life, even the person who is in right standing with God.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivers him out of them all.
However, God promises also that He will be there for us and that He will rescue us. Not only will God deliver us but He wants to deliver us in Christ!
The state of the earth's economy has played a significant role in the lives of many people over the last few years. Some people have lost their jobs. Just watching the news can trigger a lot of hopelessness in people's lives.
Even though the economy has affected many people, dwelling on it won’t change the situation. Things we see should not move us; like high prices, closing businesses, and negative bank balances. Our focus should be on The One who can change all that for us, His children.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
There is a lot of darkness in the world right now. If the only thing you’re feeding off is negative; television, negative news reports, and negative people, you’re soon going to be negative like them all too.
How many blessings have you missed out on by choosing to focus on the negative? I believe one of the most valuable lessons we can learn is from the story in Numbers 13 & 14 about the 12 spies and the value of choosing a positive perspective. Had the Israelites chosen to believe Caleb’s report, they would have entered into the Promised Land in God’s perfect time.
But instead, they opted to believe all the negative things they heard, and, as a result, they were overtaken with fear of the giants.
The perspective we choose to take on is by which our circumstances generally determine the type of life we will lead and the results we will achieve.
The results the Israelites received would have been far better had they chosen to trust Caleb’s optimistic perspective.
Instead they bought into the negative report, complained, and remained ungrateful. Canaan flowed with milk and honey just as God said.
The 12 spies had already confirmed that it was filled with everything they could even need or desire. Sure there were giants, but as Caleb and Joshua reminded them, God was on their side so their victory was already guaranteed!
Being positive is a choice. We choose to see the glass as half full or we can choose to see it as half empty. Either way, it’s the same glass. Caleb and Joshua saw the glass as full while the other 10 spies saw it as half empty.
These great men of faith were able to see beyond the obstacles and embrace the destiny God had prepared for them. Although they were outnumbered, it was Caleb and Joshua’s optimistic view that earned God’s favour. He blessed them by allowing them and their descendants to live in the land.
What about you today? What is your perspective - positive or negative?