I do not remember when I was first given this tool. I am quite sure that God had someone tell me this and I am just as sure that He made me understand and remember it. In other words it was and is a gift from God and I claim no credit for it.
The tool, like most tools, is not amazing by it’s self. Only when it is used, and the result it produces is realized, is the value of the tool understood.
The tool is “Look at it from the other persons view point”.
Now, any tool requires skill to master and this tool is no exception. The real value of the tool is shown when one views everything, in the Word of God, as God does. In other words put yourself in God’s position and see how God views it. We can, because we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).
Let me demonstrate this with some of the life of Moses. Well, some of the sins of Moses. I am not condemning Moses as he was a better man than I. I just want to show that God is always just, and by doing so, that shows man as usually always unjust: any man.
Let us think about Exodus Chapter 18. Moses had sent his wife away and her father brought her back to him. After Moses greeted Jethro and told him what God had done for Israel, and Jethro saw what Moses was doing, he gave Moses some advice. (Exo 18:24 NIV) Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.
Now, viewing the advice from man’s point of view, it seems logical and good, but think about it from God’s point of view. Viewing Jethro’s advice from God’s point of view leads me to an entirely different understanding of it.
God had chosen Moses to be His spokesman, not someone, or anyone, else. It is not said that Moses had any idea that the task was too big for him; until Jethro told him, “The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone”. But Moses was handling it, alone. Jethro also said, “”What you are doing is not good.”, but of course what Moses was doing was good.
If Moses task was too difficult for him then shouldn’t he have asked God to choose someone to help? Was it right for Moses to take that task on himself? Did Moses know what is in another’s heart? Was Moses qualified to choose judges and leaders for the people, based on outwardly appearance? In whom did Moses place his faith, God, or on the advice of Jethro, and on his own abilities?
To add insult to injury, Jethro was a priest of a different god! How do you think God viewed that?!!!
What seems like good advice, when viewed from man’s perspective, is a great defeat for the people of Israel. From this advice came the Pharisees and Sadducees and from Pharisees came the power to murder Jesus.
Yes, I understand that God used this demonstration of unfaith in order to work His plan, but it was still wrong. The ugly truth is that if God did not use our mistakes to work His plan, then there would be nothing to work with! And if God made us do everything, or even anything right, we would not be free to choose and there would be no need for a plan.
What a wonderful God we have.