I just celebrated my birthday…. thanks, and though it was a nice day I could only say I was thinking of all the things that I haven’t done. I looked at my life and wondered where has it all gone. So if anyone is in that slump as I was that day hear what I have to say: your perspective of yourself isn’t the proper one and that One’s perspective of your life that is true is saying something to you now, so listen.
As I sat down at the end of the day my thoughts went to myself. Myself? “A bitter old man”, you may ask. A injured veteran with the use of only one hand and one eye? Or maybe a recovering drug addict. No to all the above. I’m just a man from the west coast who doesn’t have it all, but pretty darn close. I’ve been blessed and it’s wonderful to say that I am. Yet I know how those who feel like they haven’t done, accomplished, or even striven for the life that everyone has said I should have. Maybe that’s you that I explained. Like me, at those times it may feel as if it’s a weight on you, a depressing cloud, or something you didn’t even choose to happen to you yet, like a monkey on your back, won’t get off. You hear the voices and feel the eyes of the disappointed in your mind. Maybe it’s your own. And maybe it’s all true and deserved, to you I can offer a better perspective of your life. Even now, just like me on my birthday, with reality baring down on you like a weight pushing out the last of the air in your chest. God speaks, so read and listen to His word to you.
Here is the difference between God and you: He is perfect and you’re not. That’s a good thing to know, with that truth healing can begin. Sin is something that holds us all down and keeps us away from the feeling of the presence of God, please note I said “feeling”. It’s just a feeling because He keeps His promises and because of that I can say with all confidence, He never leaves (Deut.31:6; Josh.1:5; Heb.13:5; Rom.8:31-39). We humans live in the now, so rely on the “One who was, who is, and is to come” (Rev. 1:4,8; 4:8;11:17; 16:5) and what He thinks of you.
To all who has a weight that can’t be born anymore take heart, He says that His burden is light (Matt. 11:28-30).
To all those who can’t find their way through the thickness of a cloud take heart, he’s coming for you (Matt. 18:10-14; Luke 15:1-7).
To those who are going through hard times because of something else that isn’t of their making, what you have isn’t the end-all, but another view of something God is doing in your life as we speak (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
To all of you, to you who have ears, take heart. If you’re still breathing, if you have a pulse God isn’t done (Phil. 1:6).
Words from the West
Isaac Montano, teacher of the Word at New Life Assembly in San Diego, Ca.