Andy Hermanson posted in Daily Devotions on Monday, November 21, 2022

November 21, 2022 – Psalm 86:11 

Teach me your ways, O Lord, 
that I may live according to your truth! 
Grant me purity of heart, 
so that I may honor you.
Psalm 86:11 

As I continue to attempt to navigate and even grow in my daily walk with Jesus Christ, one of the topics that keep coming up is perspective. 

It’s not a word we use often in our daily vernacular, but it is an incredibly important concept to keep in mind as we live our life increasingly oriented toward the kingdom of God. 

I’d define perspective as the way we look at something. If you wanted to go deeper, I guess you could press me to say our perspective is made up of our assumptions or beliefs about anything we encounter in life. Our perspective is built as we encounter people, places and things. Our perspective deepens as we encounter new experiences. Our perspective solidifies within us as our experiences with these things impacts our thoughts, feelings and actions. 

The good news and the bad news are the same: Our perspective can shift. 

The bad news is when we encounter hardship and our friends do not care for us in the way we had hoped, for example, our perspective on them moves negative. If we are not careful, our perspective on God can as well. The assumption we may be tempted to make about God in that situation is that he is distant and doesn’t care. He’s weak or uninterested. 

So what’s the good news?  

The good news is God continues to do what he has been doing for centuries…showing up and reminding us of who he is. 

As humans, we have a lot to learn. We can’t even make it minutes, days or weeks without air, water and food respectively. Yet we have this uncanny ability to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. 

In his mercy, God comes to teach us his ways so we may live according to his truth. He grants us the purity of heart, that we may honor him. 

Questions for reflection: 

  1. What is a lesson you have had to learn the hard maybe multiple times? 
  2. How has God changed your perspective about him in the past? 
  3. Where does your perspective need to shift regarding God, you, your family, your church, your country, your past, your spiritual gifts, or your legacy? 
  4. How might shifting that perspective allow you to live more fully in the good news of God’s truth?