In this life it is so easy to take our eyes off of Jesus and look around at the scenery. Sometimes, the road we are traveling has breathtakingly beautiful scenery. We are so taken up by it that we just stop at some scenic overlook somewhere, set up our tent and make plans to build a permanent home there. We forget that this world is not our home.
Other times, we take our eyes off of Christ and gaze fearfully at the ominous shadows around us. We become paralyzed with fear and cower down on the road, refusing to take another step. We close our eyes and ears and sometimes, we may even attempt to race back down the path that we have traveled.
What happened? We began to look at other things. We took our eyes off of Christ. When this happens, we become victims of our circumstances. Jesus Christ came so that we do not have to be victims any longer! He came so that we could be victors over our circumstances through Him! Isn't that wonderful to know that no matter what we face Jesus is Victor, as Corrie ten Boom would say. Jesus is Victor and since we belong to Him, that makes us a victor as well.
When we fix our eyes on Jesus, the circumstances around us may not always change. We might still be walking on a rocky and lonely path. We might even be walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. However, it does not have power over us. Why? Because we are fixing our eyes upon and following the One who is Lord of all and those things have no power over Him!
It is not always easy to fix our eyes upon Him. It does not come naturally and the enemy will do everything in his power to try keep our eyes on the hardships of the road rather than upon Christ. We must consciously determine within ourselves that we will keep our eyes on Jesus whether the sun is shining or not.
Earlier this evening, I thought about a little song I taught to children years ago during VBS. It kept going round and round in my mind. To my amazement, there is actually a video of it on YouTube. Yes, it is a children's song but I think it has some very good advice so I am posting it anyway, LOL! May the words of this song be true for you. Enjoy!
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28