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Point Of View: 3

‘For the Lord does not see as man sees.’ 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJ

Perhaps where you’re at now is draining you of the energy you need to get through. If you’re in a desperate place like that, we’re praying you’ll know God’s arm around you even when you can’t see light at the end of the tunnel.

Head to John 6, where Jesus and His disciples are faced with a crowd of five thousand. It wasn’t expected that the five loaves and two fish would become lunch for the entire crowd. The disciple Andrew’s response reflects exactly how we can feel when we look down at the tiny amount of supplies we have. In John 6:9 NLT, he says, ‘What good is that with this huge crowd?’ Who can blame him? It’s natural (‘What use is anything with this huge task/huge dream/huge problem’ is normal for everyone to feel under pressure). That’s right: natural.

To look at your situation through God’s eyes is to rely on His long history of supernatural faithfulness. The Bible’s full of unchangeable situations. Imagine how the early Church felt about Saul, the most deadly, violent opponent of Christians back in its earliest days. No one would be blamed for thinking Saul would never turn to Jesus; he wanted God’s people chained up (Acts 9:2). A few verses later, he’s with the disciples serving Jesus.

Yeah. God wants to show us how He can—and will—blow the natural, pessimistic responses we have, out of the water.

Given up on something you hoped might work out recently? Pray, then take another look at it. Maybe God will confirm you should leave it. Maybe He wants you to give it one more shot. See what happens.

SoulFood: Josh 5:1–8:29, Mark 10:13–22, Ps 103:13–22, Prov 23:1–3

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2016

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