Where are your eyes?
Oswald Chambers begins the writing recorded for September 16 in “My Utmost for His Highest” with the statement: “the main idea in the region of religion is – your eyes upon God.”
Where will you look today? I wrote a praise song several years ago entitled “Look Up”
Look up! Don’t look down. Look up! don’t turn around. Look up! Don’t look here or there, God’s everywhere, Look up!
Isaiah 51:6 says “Lift up your eyes to the heavens (skies) look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail”
Stop for a moment right now, look up, down, and around. Look to the person near you, over you, ever pursuing you. All of that will fail, will fall, but our salvation, our righteousness will last forever, it will never fail.
Psalm 121:1,2 says “I lift my eyes toward the mountains, where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth“ Then verse 4 says “Indeed … (He) … does not slumber or sleep”
I am choosing to “LOOK UP”. When I am in the Valley, surrounded by darkness, when the shadow of circling storms comes over me and I’m looking for help to come over the mountain tops … My help is in The Lord.
Psalm 123:1-2 says “I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven. We Keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal”
We often look to the Lord, but if he doesn’t respond as we want immediately, our gaze goes elsewhere. However, the act of worshipful faith comes as we keep on looking in expectation and confident hope. We look too often in the wrong direction. We want the help of man. We desire man’s approval and pleasure. All the while, things of this earth and people with their eyes on earthly things disappoint us.
Determine today, I Will Look. I will KEEP ON looking to the Lord. Faith is not faith if we can touch it, explain it, and understand it. Faith is the certainty of Hope until tactile reality shows up in my front yard.
Yet, sometimes I can’t see to look. David said, in Psalm 88:9, “My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day i beg for your help, O Lord, I lift my hands to you for mercy.” There is a lot of truth for us to see there, not the least of which is that every earthly problem is ultimately our fault because of the scope of human sin. We started this wildfire so we are culpable. We have no right to ask God for anything. But we beg for his mercy, for him to give us grace we don’t deserve. We deserve death and every result of our sin, but we cry out for mercy.
When your eyes fill with tears so you can’t see, then lift up your hands, reach up to your loving daddy “Abba” Father.
When your arms are too tired, lift your voice and cry out to him
When your voice fails, be still and know that he is God, lift your heart.
Ultimately the point is to keep your whole being, eyes, hands, voice, Godward
Godward, what a beautiful one word vision of the foreseeable future. What a beautiful one word mission objective, that every intent, passion, thought, look, step, exertion, be ever
Where are your eyes? Godward?
Where are your hands? Godward?
Where is your heart? Godward?