Problems are Only Problems When Taken Out of Perspective

Problems are Only Problems When Taken Out of Perspective
By Vivian Gordon

I don’t think I know of anyone who doesn’t have a problem of one kind or another. Some are bigger than others and some are even life threatening. Not one is any less a problem than another, especially for the one who is going through it.

But, we can create more problems for ourselves when we can’t put things into proper perspective. You may be thinking this is easier said than done. I will say this, in order to do this, you must have trust and faith in God Who is bigger than all our problems combined. I am learning that it’s easier to trust that the Lord is in control and that He sees my problems and He’s working them out to His glory. Being a Christian is not for the faint of heart. It’s a new way of living. It’s taking me out of the picture and putting my Lord and Savior at the helm. When we know God’s promises and the conditions behind them, I can see that in everything, God has a plan even through our problems. When we trust in Him, our problems don’t seem all that big.

Recently I received an email that showed the sizes of different planets. It was a wonderful visual that made me think about my life, my problems and where I fit into this bigger picture that God sees. For example, Earth is put into proportion with Venus, Mars, Mercury and Pluto. Earth is bigger than all these. After all, why shouldn’t it be? We are important! But wait a minute, the next picture shows Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and next to these planets Earth and all the rest seem pretty small. Then there is the Sun and beside it is Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune with Earth and all the rest barely visible in comparison. All of a sudden, we’re a pretty insignificant planet. But finally came the real eye opener. The Sun, which is huge now sits like a pebble next to a much bigger planet called Sirius. This is serious! Because compared to this planet there exists a much larger one called Pollux. But the one is gigantic, called Arcturus. It is a star that is more than 1,000 light years away. And as big as it is, there are 14 more bigger and brighter! As you might have guessed, Earth is no longer even visible in comparison. Doesn’t this make you feel just a bit humbled? So, in perspective, how big are your problems now?

God conveyed His omnipotence and omniscience to Isaiah in order to tell the people to get things into proper perspective. These comparatives are still true for us. We are still small and God is still big. The whole reason Isaiah relayed God’s message was bring the people comfort. It’s meant to give this comfort to us as well. Let’s look at just how big God is and how small we really are.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales?” Isaiah 40:12

God alone has the power to create the physical universe and the earth in perfect balance, weighing mountains and seas perfectly, so that the earth moves perfectly in space. This amazing balance of our planet is called the science of isostasy. But as limited as the minds of people were then still holds true for today. God wanted to stretch their imaginations by helping them think outside of the box. As big or as intelligent as anyone we can think of, God is bigger and more intelligent.

If the earth is 75% water, can you imagine just how big God is to measure it all in the palm of His hand? He created earth to spin at just the right speed so that not one drop will ever fly off. But what God is saying is He is not a giant but rather a Spirit. We need to trust Him. He is capable of taking care of everything. We don’t need to worry!

Then God says He measured the heavens with a span. A span is the distance between the tip of our thumb and pinky finger. Is there any one big enough to measure the heavens in this manner? Only God. Then He goes on to compare the Earth to the size of a thimble. If you’ve ever used a thimble, you get an idea just how small one is. But God says He can put the whole Earth into one. Now that’s a big God! And the mountains that people take pride in climbing will fit on a scale! This would be like a kitchen scale we use to measure food. Can you imagine this? Well, God is asking us to wrap our minds around this whole concept.

“Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge? And informed Him of the way of understanding?” Isaiah 40:13,14

God is asking the people if they know where He attended school and who were His professors? Even the smartest person we may know has a degree and learned from someone else. But not so with God…no one tells Him anything. Even if God were not so smart it would still be way better than our best! This is humbling as we have to stop and consider the magnificent design and just Who the magnificent Designer is. I wouldn’t want to trust my life in the hands of being the result of an accident due to a big bang! This theory lacks truth.

The next time you think about the size of your problems, consider this;

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales.” Isaiah 40:15

In other words, no matter how big those things or people are that oppress you, they are utterly insignificant in comparison to God’s greatness and power. Nothing or no one can prevent His purposes from being accomplished. Now this should put your problem into perspective. What are you worried about? We are not even considered as important as losing a drop of water from a bucket. We as a people would not even be missed. It’s pretty insignificant in God’s eyes. But He loves us so much He gave His own Son up to die for us. For that reason alone, God regards us as very valuable. Because of Christ, we and our problems do matter.

And God continues to tell the people that since He is so powerful and bigger than we can comprehend, He deserves our best praises. He gave us His best and He wants our best in return. Let’s see how God compares our worship.

“Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, nor its beasts for a burnt offering.” Isaiah 40:16

Imagine if the whole land of Lebanon with every single tree and every single animal were burned as a sacrifice, it would still be insufficient compared to what is due Him! I have to wonder about the quantity and quality of my worship and what it must look like before such a Mighty God. I am humbled once again by this comparison.

And as always God warns about serving false gods and idols. None of them compares to Him. I have to remind myself, “that as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” What about you?

As God always does things, He ends this chapter with a promise for those who love Him and trust in Him. He never grows tired or weary and understands all our problems. He’s on call 24/7, 365 days a year. Who else can make this claim?

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31

As we wait upon the Lord and trust that He already knows our every problem, He will add strength to get us through them. A problem is only as big as we make it. So, today may you learn to relax, don’t sweat the small stuff. In comparison to God, it’s all small!

When we trust the power of God, His peace keeps us from panic.

Scripture taken from the American Standard Bible.

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