Eyes on Jesus.

God is good. That was our post last week. That God is good and He is working all things together for our good. It is important that we remind ourselves from time to time of who God is. When trouble comes, the enemy works overtime to distort the image we have of God. When we are having bad days, it is easy to feel as though God is far away. When we face unexpected situations we can feel like God has forgotten about us. But that is not true. 

Psalm 16:8 says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” I like that verse because it gives us the key to not being shaken in our faith. If we want to remain steady, we need to keep our eyes always on the Lord. When we focus more on our circumstances than we do on God, we are heading for trouble. When we obsess over that one situation that didn’t quite work the way we thought it would, we begin to lose sight of God. 

When we lose sight of God, we begin to lose our faith and feel hopeless and distant from God. That is never God’s intention. In fact, He sent Jesus to die for our sins so we never ever have to be separated from Him and that we never ever have to be alone. If we want to have faith in God in the middle of a situation, we do not keep going over the situation over and over in our head. Instead, we turn our eyes to Jesus. 

Hebrews 12:2 says, “We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”

We need to make a conscious effort to look away from our circumstances so we can focus on Jesus. That is not to say you pretend nothing is happening. No, you acknowledge what has happened and you take it to Jesus in prayer. Instead of staring at the situation, because it can’t help you, you look instead to the One who can help you. 

Psalm 121:1-4 says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Our verses all have to do with what we are looking at. What we are fixing our eyes on. Are your eyes fixed on Jesus? We can’t lose sight of who God is and how wonderful He is to us. We can’t let temporary situations steal our faith. We must simply refuse to be pulled away from Jesus by life’s circumstances. Instead, we must draw in closer to God. Dig in deeper. Look at Him even closer. Don’t let your present circumstances or your past mistakes stop you from experiencing His goodness. You do not need to earn God’s love. In fact you can’t do it. He already loves you unconditionally as it stands and He wants to be good and kind to you. 

Psalm 145:8-9 says, “You’re kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and very patient with people who fail you. Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness. God, everyone sees your goodness, for your tender love is blended into everything you do.

There is no need to be suspicious of God. Being good is not something He does, it is who He is.  He can’t stop being good. Loving you isn’t something He does, it is who He is. He can’t stop loving you either. There is nothing more beautiful than the love God has for us. So instead of pulling away from God when things get tough, dig in deeper. Look at Him. Keep your eyes on Him and you will be all good. Steady and unshaken. 

Love and blessings, 

Melissa Tsingano 

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