Having A Mature Perspective Can Tempt You To Weep

Mature perspective, as used here, is a reference to how you look at a situation after you have lived long enough or managed enough leadership responsibilities to have a different perspective than the younger and those who have simply followed.

A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on how a mature perspective can tempt you to weep. Notice in the text that the leaders and elders wept out loud, perhaps because they were more aware of what was going on.

The longer we live, the more conscious we become of our environment and the relationships between causes and effects. Leaders are forced, by the weight of their positions, to look at circumstances from a more serious perspective. As noted in Ecclesiastes 1:18, as we increase our knowledge we increase our sorrows.

Many young people see school as such a chore and give halfhearted effort to making the grade. But birthdays and leadership responsibilities help us see not only how important education is but also how devastating it is for our school system to be no better than it is.

Many young people are not conscious of how important it is to know the Lord. But birthdays and leadership responsibilities help us see that no matter what we have going for us, if we are not right with God then the most important thing is missing and all else is vain (see Mk. 8:36).

The world’s attempt to satisfy is like putting two or three dollars worth of gas in an empty gas tank, with a long journey to be traveled. This world’s stuff gets us started, but it always leaves us stranded on the journey.

As leaders and elders, we have a duty to look at the bigger picture and apply our wisdom to the circumstances of life. In the words of Jesus, in Luke 12:48, to whom much is given much is required. And sometimes our seeing things from a higher level can cause us to weep.

Self Examination
1. List some examples of how your mature perspective has tempted you to weep.

2. What are you going to do to lessen the amount of weeping that you do?

Prayer
God, the One who has kept me, in spite of my many sins, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have never left me alone.

I confess that I have not always used the mature perspective that You have given me to produce mature results. Please forgive me and help me to live in line with Your will for my life. In Jesus' name, amen.

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