“Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast through all of Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord…and Jehoshaphat…said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”…And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the enemy, so that they were routed.”
2 Chronicles 20:3-22
This passage is not written out in it’s entirety, but is a great one to read thoroughly.
There always seems to be something that takes our eyes off of the Lord.
- unexpected death
- difficult marriages that seem to be facing their own death
- those in political power we don’t agree with
- lost income due to lost jobs and a bad economy or losing a home
- worry over losing a home
- divorce proceedings that try every fruit of the spirit mentioned
- loss of rights
- difficult relationships
- children becoming independent
- going to a job we would rather stay home from
There are days when, I confess, I live like someone who doesn’t have a Savior, someone who intercedes for me, someone who I simply must keep my eyes on Jesus rather than myself. It is so easy to become self-focused rather than looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.
“I do not know what to do, but my eyes are on you( the Lord)…”
…not my circumstances or the worries and cares of the world.
Keeping my heart, mind and soul focused.
Keep thine eyes simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest up in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee. –C. H. Spurgeon
“Jesus, may we love you with abandon, serve you without question, and order our lives after your eternal passions.” –ScottyWardSmith