Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Most of us have problems, challenges, and changing circumstances to face while we are living in this world. One of the most difficult lessons for us as believers to learn and practice is to fix our eyes on Jesus instead of focusing on the problems facing us.
Fixing our eyes on our difficulties is debilitating. It leads to depression. In fact, we can make idols of our problems if that is all we think about. Jesus did not focus on the cross, its shame, or the humiliation from the soldiers and crowd. He focused on the joy, the forgiveness, and the eternal reward that would come from what he was doing.
We have this promise, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8, NIV).
We serve the God who sees our needs and provides. He wants us to trust him and understand that he alone is our provider. From that standpoint, all of our challenges are opportunities for us to trust him.
The psalmist tells us:
The Lord strengthens and protects me; I trust in him with all my heart.I am rescued and my heart is full of joy; I will sing to him in gratitude. (Psalm 28:7)
I continually look to the Lord for help, for he will free my feet from the enemy’s net. (Psalm 25:15)
I constantly trust in the Lord;because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8).
We need to turn our eyes away from our problems and on the One who can help us. Fix your eyes on Jesus!
Today, ask yourself:
What steps do I need to take in order to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus rather than on the difficulties in my life