Alas or Alleluia – Depends On Your Perspective

Studying Revelation 18-19 I’ve been impressed with the power of the proper perspective.

Revelation 18 describes the destruction of the future city of Babylon, worldwide headquarters of the evil empire of the Antichrist. In one hour, the greatest city in the world will become a smoldering heap of ruins, and those watching from afar will weep and mourn, throwing dust on their heads, crying out, waiting, and saying, “Alas, alas, that great city …! For in one hour your judgment has come.” (verse 10)

But in chapter 19, the scene shifts to heaven where the angels and elders, witnessing the same event, are exuberant: “I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia! … Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever! … Amen! Alleluia! … Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great! … Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!`” (verses 1, 3-6)

Same event exactly – just different perspectives! An interesting lesson to learn as I think though my plans and goals for 2010.

My perspective as a born again, Spirit-filled believer must be the one described for us in God’s Word … – Colossians 3:1-3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

It is like going to the airport when there is a terrific storm brewing on the horizon. You wonder if you will be able to take off and what kind of a rough ride it will be if you do manage to get the flight to leave on time. Well, they let your plane depart and as you climb to a crusing altitude of 30,000 feet you pass through the storm clouds and the rain and all the darkness associatd with a terrific storm and come through to the upper side where it is bright, sunny, cheerful, and the view is magnificent and awesome, peaceful and gorgeous.

That is to be my persective on things – God’s perspective. I need to practice seeing things from His perspective as it is a more sure and certain way to view life and circumstances. I need to see things as He sees them for then I will be able to rejoice in the victories that are already mine and in those things that the Lord is doing on the Earth which we are not always aware of if all we can see are the storms and the everyday issues that we need to be dealing with.

So, as I enter 2010 I will be practicing waiting on the Lord to, each day, gain His persective on things that are scheduled and planned as well as what He is planning for my day as He sees it in greater detail than I do and from a different perspective…

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