According to Webster’s Online Dictionary perspective is “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.” To put it like you and I think, it is our way of seeing things. This opens a world of ideas, interpretations, and meanings that are as diverse as the people who possess them. What is a huge problem to some may not be even a consideration to others.
Here is some food for thought concerning perspective. In 1 Samuel 17, we find the familiar, feel good, story of David and Goliath. The battle was set up and the opposing forces are facing each other, ready to do battle. And this is when the unexpected happened. A loud thundering voice booms and perhaps a cloud of dust rises up from huge foot falls as the “giant” proclaims his intentions. It thundered into the valley that separated Israel from the Philistines and it apparently thundered into the hearts of all of Saul’s soldiers. The Bible says that Saul, and all of Israel, “were dismayed and greatly afraid.” They had never seen this Philistine fight. They had never saw his sword in action. They possibly had not even heard of Goliath before that day. But they all formed a “point of view” from what the enemy was telling them. Goliath had become the unconquered “GIANT” in their lives.
“David talks about Goliath. But he never calls him a giant. He kept him in perspective. To David, Goliath was just something else standing in his way”
Enter David into the fray. We know that he arrived with corn, bread and cheese. It was hardly an arsenal fit to conquer a “GIANT.” But it was about perspective. He did not see the enemy like the rest of them did. His brothers, and the others he spoke to, told him about the horrible foe in front of them. They told of the “GIANT.” David’s response was shocking to say the least. In 1 Samuel 17 verses 26, 32, 36, and 37, David talks about Goliath. But he never calls him a giant. He kept him in perspective. To David, Goliath was just something else standing in his way.
The Bible says in Revelation 12:11 that “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” The Blood of the Lamb was God’s part. It paved the way for hindered and beset souls to approach the throne of grace with boldness. Testimony is the part where you and I say we were bold enough to walk therein. David gathered his last measure of perspective when he told Saul that this Philistine will be like the lion and the bear. He’s just another testimony waiting to be told.
How ‘bout that for perspective….
-Rev. Dewayne Sims