Take Another Look

Are things about as bad as they can get? Do you have news overload? Do you think things are about as bad as they have ever been?

Well, no, they are not. We are actually living in pretty good times. So why so much negativity?

We need to take another look with a different perspective.

So did Elijah in 2 Kings 19.

Elijah had given up. He wanted to die. He begged the Lord to take his life.

Here is how he described his view of his life:

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (1 Ki. 19:10 NIV)

Things were bad but not as bad as he thought.

He needed God’s perspective and he received it. He was given food and rest to take care of his physical body. He was given tasks to do for others. And , finally, he was told the truth which corrected the lie he was telling himself. “I have seven thousand who have not bowed down to Baal.”

Maybe we need a different perspective. How about trying to see things as God sees them?