Scripture: Psalm 16:8, NIV
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8, NIV)
When you drive a vehicle, you keep your eyes focused on the road.
Pilots of aircraft keep their eyes focused on their instrument panels, particularly in inclement weather.
Focus is such a critical factor as we navigate through life.
If we focus on the wrong values, we will crash. But, like the Psalmist, when we keep our eyes on the Lord, we will not be shaken. For the practitioner of KingdomNomics, Christ is the goal of life—pleasing him, doing his will, being transformed into his likeness, and ultimately, being with him in heaven in a glorified state.
“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure” (Psalm 16:5, NIV).
Have you ever held a penny close to your eye and tried to gaze heavenward? The penny blocks out the sun. In the same manner, when we get consumed with the minutia of life, our vision gets blocked.
God wants us to keep on mission, to help reach a lost and dying world that desperately needs Christ.
Clarity of mind is key. “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me” (Psalm 16:7, NIV). When our minds are consumed with worry and anxiety, divine counsel can get blocked. This is why the Psalmist says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
Staying focused on God is a discipline. Disturbing events that fill the news make it difficult to keep looking straight ahead. Fortunately, we live in a world that is passing away along with all of the false premises that fill the airways. “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing” (1 Corinthians 2:6, NIV).
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure” (Psalm 16:9, NIV). What a privilege it is to have a living relationship with the person of Jesus Christ who will be returning soon!
Today, ask yourself:
Where is my focus today? Is a penny blocking my view of the Son? Or is my focus on God? How can I use my time, talent, and treasure for his purposes?