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Seeing Things From God’s Perspective

Weekly Devotionals

Seeing Things From God’s Perspective

2 Samuel 1:5-15

5 Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6 “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
8 “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’
“‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.
9 “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’
10 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”
11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
14 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”
15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’”

In 2 Samuel 1, we see David’s response to Saul’s death. This young man thought David would be happy to hear about Saul’s death, but contrary to his expectation, David mourns and grieves over Saul’s death. But why? Wasn’t Saul the one who was trying to kill David and give him a miserable time?
Well, the bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart and I believe he knew exactly how God would have felt. David looked at Saul from God’s perspective. God did not rejoice over Saul’s death. Rather, God grieved over how Saul had failed to follow God’s instructions and covenant. As God’s first anointed king, God had entrusted His own people to Saul to rule and take care of them on behalf of Him. God’s heart broke over Saul and Knowing God’s heart, David grieved with God over Saul’s death.

If David saw Saul only from his own perspective, he would have seen Saul as his enemy. But David had learned to think from God’s perspective and was able to go beyond his own personal likes and dislikes, to seeing things with God’s heart and mind.

When we see ourselves, our circumstances and people around us, we often see things from our own perspective- is this beneficial to me or not; is this person nice to me or not; is this making me happy or not. But what we have to do is shift our focus from us to God, and learn to see things from God’s perspective and with His heart.

Instead of always asking ‘how am I?’ why don’t we take time to ask this week, ‘How are you, God?’ ‘What are you thinking, God?’ ‘How do you see this person/circumstance/relationship God?’