Summary: Sermon ten in a fourteen sermon series based on the popular Bible study by Henry Blackaby.
These are the characteristics of a single-mindedly surrendered life; and single-minded surrender is a prerequisite to my being in a position to discern God’s will for my life!
All this having been said, how do I evaluate my circumstances in seeking to know and do the will of God for my life? Well, in considering what God might be saying to me through my circumstances, I need to keep two things in mind:
1. Evaluate your circumstances from God’s perspective.
Consider the circumstances that Job found himself in. He did not know what was happening when everything he owned was destroyed, when his children were killed, and when he developed sores all over his body. Job wrestled with understanding what God was trying to say to him through his circumstances. The entire book of Job is about Job being brought to see life from God’s perspective.
Job’s wife thought she had the right perspective on the situation. She thought that Job’s God was weak and had simply let Job down. Job’s God was not worthy of devotion. That’s why she told Job to "Curse God and die," (Job 2:9).
Job’s friends thought they had the right perspective on his situation. They told Job that he was obviously guilty of some sin for which he was being punished. That was the only reason they could conceive of why Job was suffering as he was. Up until this time in his life, Job thought the same way they did.
But Job didn’t content himself with the perspective of men. He sought to understand God’s perspective.
Consequently, Job learned that God had purposes for his life that transcended Job’s perspective - that God wanted to work through Job’s life to bring glory to Himself, to provide a testimony to others, to bring Job to a deeper sense of dependence on God, and to lead Job into a deeper relationship with Him.
Having gained God’s perspective on his circumstances, Job adjusted his life to God (Read Job 42:1-6).
To understand your circumstances, God’s perspective is vital. When you face difficult or confusing circumstances, they can overwhelm you. If you put yourself in the middle of your circumstance and try to look at God, your understanding will be distorted.
You might have the perspective of Job’s wife or his friends, whose perspective on Job’s situation was definitely incorrect. Instead, like Job, you need to seek, through prayer and searching for the wisdom of God as revealed through His Word, to gain God’s perspective on your circumstance.
(Corrie Ten Boom Story)
In our World War II prison camp, Betsie and I had to go on roll call very early in the bitterly cold morning. Once, while we were on roll call, a cruel guard kept us standing for a long, long time. Suddenly, a skylark began to sing in the sky, and all the prisoners looked up to listen to that bird’s song. As I looked at the bird I saw the sky, I thought of Psalms 103:11 -"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him," - Psalms 103:11 (KJV). God sent that skylark daily for three weeks, exactly during roll call, to turn our eyes away from the cruelty of men to the ocean of His love.