Driving to work yesterday morning I could see a bright sun peeking through the trees. As I drove past the cemetery near our home the sun’s full glory came over the trees and through the thin clouds. It was breathtaking. As I looked west the sky was still dark and very cloudy. I looked back towards the sun and drank in the warmth of that view. One direction looked ominous and dark. The other direction was warm and bright and promising – it was a moment of worship.
Where are you looking this morning? What are you feasting your eyes upon? Are you wishing and looking and hoping for something else? Are you concentrating on the hardships or your own feelings of worthlessness, weariness and chagrin? You didn’t ask for the problems, but there they are. You did ask God to change things but it seems that everywhere you look it’s the same old same old trouble, regret and fear. You keep staring at the darkness of all that you could have been, should have been, and wish you could change. You are stuck staring at things and you have become paralyzed with fear, worry and foreboding. Is there anywhere you can find encouragement, forgiveness and joy? Is life meant to be lived with the weight of it all with no joy, peace or relief?
Oh beloved! Turn your eyes toward the Son! Feast on the Truth of God’s Word. His Words are shining beams of sunlight to encourage you, strengthen you, and reconcile you to Him. He doesn’t ask you to keep regretting or begging or crying. Tears of joy are yours for the seeking. Rejoicing is yours because of your position in Christ. Turn around and thank Him. Turn around and worship Him. You can always face the SON even when you’ve missed the mark for He is your SAVIOR! That means He’s your rescuer, liberator, redeemer, deliverer and protector. You have been set free by the Son and you are always and forever on His heart, in His plans and with His favor.
“God loves me and He’s for me.” Put your hand on your heart and repeat it often. Your beating heart is proof that God has still got a plan for you! And all His plans are as sure as the sun rising over the crest and through the clouds! Your name is blessed and God’s hand is on you all the days of your life. Don’t shed another tear because of doubts and fears – run to the SON and live warm and bright in His everlasting glory and grace! Don’t look back, don’t look down just look at Jesus who loves you and cares for you and has new mercy for you every morning forever!
Psalm 141:8 For my eyes are toward You, O GOD, the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
Psalm 26:3 For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.
Psalm 123:1 To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Psalm 105:4 Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.
Hebrews 12:2a Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]… (Amplified)