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16. Get Out of the Tent!

June 16, 2017

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Then He brought him outside and said, Look, now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them. And He said to him, so shall your descendants be. Genesis 15:5

The dictionary defines the word “perspective” as a particular attitude toward, or a way of regarding, something; a point of view.  Perspective is important because it is the way in which the world is framed. The analogy of a glass of water is often used to explain people’s attitude about perspective. Do you view the glass as half full or half empty? This perspective shows how you process what happens to you in life.

In the book of Genesis, we see a dialogue between God and Abraham. Abraham is sitting in his tent and God is promising him many children. The problem with this was that Abraham’s wife couldn’t have kids. God promised, and Abraham’s perspective didn’t line up. Abraham was trying to make sense of what God was telling him. He couldn’t see past his perspective. What does God do? God instructs Abraham to get out of his tent and look up. God then reveals the huge promise to Abraham that his decedents will be as numerous as the stars. 

Wow! What a perspective shift. Abraham goes from sitting in a tent thinking about all the obstacles to God’s promise, to looking up at the magnitude of something God had created from nothing. God desires so much more for you than you realize. Sometimes our perspective is off because we are sitting in the tent looking at the obstacles. Get out of tent, look toward heaven and know that God comes through on his promise every time!

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