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Loss of Perspective

Sailor scans the horizon during lookout watch aboard USS Pearl Harbor.. Photo by Navy is licensed under CC By 2.0

It’s just part of the human condition.

When bad things happen and seem to keep happening, we are prone to lose our perspective. The author of the following Psalm certainly had. This opening verse of Psalm 74 accuses God of having rejected Israel forever. Was the accusation true? No-absolutely not. But for the writer, it felt that way. Israel had sinned for decades.

“O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?” (Psalm 74:1, NKJV).

Present circumstances merely reflected the consequences of disobedience. Jerusalem was in shambles and its enemies were gloating.

I visited a young warrior in the hospital who felt God was rejecting him. He was in a funk, but I could hardly blame him. Major skin graft surgery on his left thigh wasn’t working. Weeks went by with no progress. Finally, one day we were together and he broke down in tears. Weeping bitterly, I agreed with him in prayer as he poured his heart out to God. A few days later, healing began. In a few weeks he had made full recovery. God had not rejected him after all. Neither will God reject you.


The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.

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