Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Candace Bartlett
There is an old hymn that goes like this:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his fullness and grace.
As we continue in our fast, it brings to mind the words Pastor Debbie spoke on Sunday, January 6th. In reference to the promises or the gifts God has for you, she made a point that before anything else, Seek Jesus First.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) says, “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.”
It’s’ so easy to be distracted, with everything we have going on, simply being still and making the time to rest is very challenging. Sometimes it’s the enemy throwing distractions in our way so that we don’t hear from the Lord. And honestly, sometimes we get in our own way. We try to juggle too many things or have so much going on that our schedules don’t allow for just a few minutes to meditate on His Word.
I know I get in my own way all the time. Something always comes up or honestly I get a bit lazy and prefer to “zone out” instead. But this week during our fast, I am making a point to set aside time to meditate on His Word, to listen without speaking, to not have any expectations and just rest in Him.
I find so much more joy and satisfaction. It’s not always an hour, sometimes it’s only 5-10 minutes between one thing to the next, but I know He honors us when we give Him our time.
It’s taking a moment to stop and look at Him. Looking at Jesus, taking a deep breath and just being in His presents in that moment. It’s like having the warm sun on your cheek in the cold of winter. It’s a beautiful thing.
As you continue to push through this season of fasting and as challenges of life come your way, I encourage you to make a conscience decision to stop, look at Him, and rest.