One of the things I do every morning before I get out of bed is read a quick devotion. Nothing long or elaborate, just something quick to get my day started on the right foot. I don’t know about you, but I KNOW there is no way I will make through each day with out the supernatural strength and peace of God.
Yesterday morning and this morning, I read from a devotion book called Jesus Today written by Sarah Young. One of the things Sarah does, is she writes devotions from the perspective that Jesus is talking directly to you. I love reading them. They are always timely and I so often feel like she wrote them just for me.
The thing she talked about the past two days was what we are gazing at. The first line of yesterday’s devotion was
“Gaze at me; glance at problems” (Sarah Young, Jesus Today March 2)
As I read that I really took a minute to think about what that meant. There are so many times throughout my day where I get fixated on my problems. Then, not only do I fixate on them, I start to try to come up with ways to solve them on my own and in my own strength. If I continue down that path, before I know it, I have left God in the dust, I am running rampant, trying to fix something that I have largely exaggerated in my mind to be a huge problem when it probably isn’t even something I need to worry about right now.
Then as if she read my mind, this morning’s devotion said this
“Invite Him(The Holy Spirit) to alert you whenever you get overly focused on problems so you can redirect your attention to Me” (Sarah Young, Jesus Today March 3)
One of the things that I think we all need to remember is that we need to fix our eyes on Jesus. Romans 12:1-3 says this:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Roman 12:1-3
When we gaze at our problems, they begin to take up more space in our mind than they should. When we are fixated on them, we start to obsess about them. When we do this, we then do nothing more than glance at God. This can be a recipe for disaster.
The more time we spend with our eyes fixed on our troubles, the more alone, afraid, and overwhelmed we feel.
However, the other side of that is, the more we fix our eyes on Jesus, the more, joy, peace, and secure we feel.
The truth is that gazing at our problems, really doesn’t solve anything. However, gazing at Jesus sure does! When we are so in tuned with Him, when we are listening for His voice, He will let us know when it is time to act and when it is time to just rest in Him. Then when we do need to act to fix something, we aren’t doing it in our strength, we are doing it in His. That is when problems get solved!
So today fix your gaze decidedly on Jesus and do nothing more than glance at your problems. Invite the Holy Spirit to be the voice of guidance to keep your eyes where they need to be. Let Jesus be what consumes you as you go through this day and watch and see how the problems and troubles of your life fade into the background, shadowed by his glorious light.