Many Christians have the problem of near sightedness. What they see is only the immediate circumstances, not the positives that the future holds. When it comes to a problem or difficulty, much of the believers energy is spent on observing the negative to the point that it hinderers their daily walk. You hear phrases of exhaustion after an attempt has been made to address the problem with no apparent solution. The Bible contains an approach that very few people discover when it comes to facing negative challenges in their life. Many times we look at the Word of God to reinforce our preconceived knowledge and assurances. By taking this approach to the Bible, we fail to take an aggressive response to the problems that may regularly face us. We need to discover that God has shown us the way to face problems that will not only guarantee victory, but ensure a positive attitude as we face our daily problems.
Moses was facing a challenge that would mortify even the most seasoned believer. God had chosen him to face Pharoah with the order to release the Children of Israel. This stuttering, broken man with little self esteem could not fathom the reality of this “calling”. Moses spent time arguing with God by reviewing his short comings, but to no avail. (Read the story in Exodus chapter 4.) Moses was looking at who he was and the impossible problems that faced him. Is it not the same today? When a crisis faces us, we have a tendency to expound all the negatives. The reason we do this is because of our near sightedness. The Key to Moses projected success was his response to God’s Word when He said, “…See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” (Ex. 7:1) God was telling Moses to see himself as a “god” and not a stuttering old man. Moses was to see himself on the other side of the problem. The Apostle Paul reiterated this teaching in Rom. 8:36,37, by saying “we are more than conquerors.” We need to see ourselves on the other side of the problem. We need to develop far sightedness.
Joshua, facing the walls of Jericho and not knowing how he could conquer that great city, heard God say to him, “See, I have given into thine hand Jericho…” (Jos. 6: 2) God was saying to see it already done! God told him the same thing when he stood facing the city of AI, “…see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai…” (Jos. 8: 1).
Abraham, the father of faith, was to take Isaac, his son of promise, to a mountain and sacrifice him. How could this be? God had promised nations would come from him, so what was he to do? He took his son to a mountain and placed him on the altar. As he lifted his knife to slay him, God stopped him. Abraham looked on the other side of the situation, believing that if he killed his son, God would raise him up. (Heb. 11: 19).
Jesus prayed in John 17 that He had finished the work God had given Him to do, yet He had not been to Calvary. He also told God that He was no longer in the world, yet He had not ascended. What Jesus was doing was praying on the other side of the problem.
Christians must start seeing beyond the problem to the answer. We must stop struggling with the problem and start proclaiming the victory. We must move from accentuating the negative to claiming the positive outcome. This is not mind over matter, it is the Word over the circumstances.
Moses, Joshua and Abraham were all men with weaknesses - they knew themselves and couldn't see past it - but they learned to trust God and take Him at His word, whether they could see beyond the now or not.
When we live by faith, hope, and love, we bring the beyond into the NOW and can have the peace of God which passes all understanding.
I think your article makes some very important points. As Western Christians, we need to bring our lives into alignment with the Word of God and the things we say we believe. Sadly, this isn't easy in a culture that has substituted the Christian hope with the hopes of consumption and escapism, but can only offer despair when they fail.