Inspiration

Happy People See God’s Bigger Picture

"I want
you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to
me here has helped to spread the Good News"
(Philippians
1:12 NLT)

If
you want to be a happy person, you need to look at every problem from God's
viewpoint. Happy people have a larger perspective. They see the big picture.
When you don't see things from God's point of view, you get discouraged,
frustrated, and unhappy.

No
matter what's going on in your life - the good, the bad, and the ugly, God is
working out a plan. Paul knew this. He says in Philippians 1:12, "I want you to know, my dear brothers and
sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the
Good News"
(NLT).

Ever
since Paul became a Christian on the road to Damascus, he had dreamed one great
dream: He wanted to preach in Rome, the center of the universe at the time. His
dream was to preach the Gospel in the most important city in the world.

But
God had another idea. Instead of sending Paul to Rome to preach crusades, God
made him a royal prisoner of Caesar, who was at that time Nero. Nero was about
as wicked and as bad as you can get.

As
a royal prisoner, Paul was chained to a royal guard 24 hours a day for two
years, and the guard was changed every four hours. Over two years in prison, he
witnessed to 4,380 guards. Who's the real prisoner here? Who had the captive
audience?

This
wasn't Paul's plan, but it was God's all along. There were two results of it
that we know for sure.

Philippians
4 says that within two years, some of Nero's own family had become believers
because of Paul's witness in the royal court in Rome.

Secondly,
it's kind of hard to get a guy like Paul to stop moving. In prison, he was
forced to be still and, as a result, wrote most of the New Testament. I wonder
which had a bigger impact: his preaching in the Colosseum or the books he
wrote, such as Romans, First and Second Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians,
Philippians, and Colossians. These seven books have revealed Jesus to millions
of people over the years?

Paul
knew that God had a bigger plan, and he could be happy because he saw what God
was doing through his problem.

Any
time you have a problem that's starting to get you down, you need to do what
Paul did - learn to see it from God's point of view. Ask, "What is God doing
here? What's the bigger picture? What's the bigger perspective?" Then you'll be
able to face the problem in faith.

Talk It Over

  • Think
    of a problem that has you discouraged. How might your discouragement change if
    you look at it with God's bigger perspective?
  • How
    have you seen God work in the midst of a difficult situation in your past?
  • Why do you think God is allowing you to struggle
    through a hard time?

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