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Daily Devotional: Thursday, December 30 - Faith Fly-Over Perspective

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” — John 5:24

Recently flying from Europe into the Middle East as an airline pilot, we navigated over a waypoint seven miles above the earth. Below, we clearly saw parts of southern Israel, eastern Egypt and western Saudi Arabia, where the latest archeological evidence posits a possible location of the Israelites crossing the sea while escaping the greatest army of that time (Egypt). We read about the story in Exodus 14.

As I looked out the cockpit window, I could see the brown, rugged, arid land contrasted against an appendage of deep blue water where, thousands of years ago, a real people with real problems in a real time felt trapped, vulnerable, used and isolated. They seemingly had no way out of what appeared to be a hopeless situation — an army behind them and water ahead. The people, their problems and their impossible situations are all gone now while the rocks, the water, the lessons and the living God remain. He did not abandon them. He worked through their situation in a way they could not have imagined. He rescued them, and through their imperfect journey gave way to a perfect Savior: Jesus.

Because of Him, we have forgiveness and access to a restored relationship with the Father.

The same God works today, not via my expectations, my reasoning nor my perspective. I had the advantage and perspective of flying over that area thousands of years after the Israelites’ impossible journey, knowing their problems all worked out for His glory. God has a perspective above and beyond our comprehension.

His Word tells us that if we trust in Him, our problems will also work for His glory, and that’s where we want to be — in His glory! He is still patiently guiding us, not forcing Himself upon us, but working in us to accept Him by faith as we face impossible situations.

The rocks and dust are still there today. Those people are gone, but their legacy continues. And God’s plan has been made known. Psalm 102:25-27 tells us that stuff goes away. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19 to not put our trust in the things of this world. Jesus said in John 5:24, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believers him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

God’s eternal perspective is always the best for our situation, regardless of what’s behind or ahead. It’s incredible to me that God has included us to know His eternal perspective by faith. Eternity will be revealed to us from a “faith fly-over perspective,” that we are secure as we place our trust in Jesus.

Bill Morgan

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