Heavenly Perspective

| 02 November 2020

A while ago, I had the privilege to be at a wedding where someone was taking video from a drone. It was fascinating to see how everyone in the reception was being captured by one single video shot from an aerial perspective. Sometimes I wish I had that kind of viewpoint, to be able to see everything that is going on, but the reality is that I’m stuck in my ground-level perspective. Being limited to see only what is in front of my eyes constantly challenges me to rely on God with the things that I can’t see. The truth is that I still struggle when I don’t understand what God is doing. That’s why learning about Daniel during this crazy season has been a great blessing.

During the last few weeks, I have learned that Daniel was caught up in the middle of God’s plan, a plan that didn’t look too good from Daniel’s perspective, and yet he remained faithful to God and trusted in His promises. Daniel knew that God has a heavenly perspective and that He has a plan. On several occasions, through dreams and visions, God showed Daniel the development of His plan. In his visions, Daniel saw the history of humanity somewhat resembling a parade of gentile kingdoms passing by, ending with the son of man, King Jesus, coming from the clouds to establish His everlasting Kingdom on earth (Daniel 7:3-13). Now, it’s interesting to notice that these visions were quite disturbing to Daniel (Daniel 7:28). I think Daniel ended up deeply troubled by these visions because through them he realized that his people weren’t going to experience the fulfillment of God’s promises anytime soon. But on the other hand, this new perspective gave Daniel the confidence that those promises were going to be fulfilled in the most epic way in God’s time.

 I think this is an important truth to keep in mind, especially nowadays when everything seems somewhat chaotic. Certainly, it’s not hard to get confused and desperate as our vision is limited to a ground-level perspective. But we need to remain faithful and to keep trusting in God, even when we have no clue how things are going to play out. After all, He is able to see our reality from a heavenly perspective, and He is diligently working out His perfect sovereign plan (Psalm 115:3).

Esteban Tapia
Spanish Language Pastor