Monday, November 18, 2013

The Vertical Perspective

"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things." ~ Isaiah 40:26

Horizontal, worldly vision is in vogue. There are plenty of distrations in the world around us. Our circumstances often weigh us down and distract us from lifting up our eyes. We can be occupied by any number of things: sports (guilty...hand raised), finances, work, relationships, and just general business. The list is a long one.

However, real clarity is found in looking up. When we lift up our eyes, our perspective changes. Suddenly, the things of the world do not seem as important. We live by faith and not by sight. We make the eternal priority. More specifically, looking up requires us to marvel at He who "created these things." It creates a heavenly opportunity for a time-out from our busy schedules.

Have you been distracted/burdened with the rigorous pace of horizontal living? Be careful, this kind of living can be dangerous. Let us make it a priority in our lives to always behold the Lord and consider His mighty works. It will give us the perspective that we need to focus on what matters most in a world of distractions.

Monday, November 4, 2013

What if God's Answer is Unorthodox?

2 Kings 3:16-17

"Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches...You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you...may drink."

God could've simply caused it to rain. Problem solved. But, he didn't. Rather, God's answer was to be accomplished by faithful obedience in a people who were willing to "make this valley full of ditches". And as the people responded in obedient action, God saved three armies that were perishing of thirst.

We often pray for our finances to be better. We pray for our relationships. We pray for our churches to grow. We pray for our nation to turn back to the Lord. We pray for our family. And, pray we should.

Yet, we should pray with a willingness to dig ditches. God's way of providing His answer, in His time and way, could seem unorthodox to us. Yet, in the end, we will find that it is the best way after all.


Pastor Ross Kilpatrick