So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. (Psalm 63:2)
It’s so easy to look at the problem and not the solution. It’s terribly easy to hyperfocus on the trial, whether real or imaginary. What’s not so easy is to rely on our faith and reject what our senses tell us instead of viewing our issues through God’s point of view – through His great love, mighty power, and promises that never fail. Let’s pray to get our eyesight fixed. Fixed on Him…
I choose to fix my eyes on You, my Great Deliverer. Forgive me for fixating on the problems that intimidate me. Your perspective is Real; I see only through the tiniest knothole. So, I chose to turn my gaze from the problem that troubles my soul to the Solution. I choose to look into your Word, find the promise that sustains me, and meditate on it until Your Truth becomes a part of my very being. Transform my mind, my heart, my soul, and fix my gaze on You. Then I will walk by faith and not by sight.
In Jesus’ Name Amen
To acquire wisdom is to love yourself.
Loving and forgiving others is a skill that few of us fully perfect. Loving and forgiving oneself is no less of a challenge. Reading in Proverbs today, this Scripture stood out as though I have never run across it before. (I love that about the Word of God – it is alive and active. I can chase it down and never catch it, drink it down and never drain it to the dregs.) It contains a profound secret: a secret to loving yourself. Simply put, it is this: learning – growing in our understanding, listening to, reading, and searching for wisdom, polishing our skills and honing our efforts. As we make these investments in our own minds and souls, we are giving ourselves a gracious gift.
Thank you for the truth of your Word.
Help me, please, to love myself as you have instructed me.
Give me grace to hunger for wisdom,
to look for it in everyday life,
to find the nugget of wisdom in every conversation,
to simply be curious,
to ask the right questions,
to desire the health and growth of my soul,
and to do the hard, tedious work of acquiring skill.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
“The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.” Psalm 116:15
“…That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysberg
My brother is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He came back with a burden for his fallen comrads that hasn’t left him for a day these past fifty years. Let’s pray for the families and friends of those who gave the “last measure of their devotion.”
We ask that your love and strength would comfort those who mourn today over those who gave their lives for this nation. We pray that their memory would flood their loved ones with joy. We thank you for these men and women who were willing to lay down their lives for their country. May their courage embolden us to live for Truth and to make this world a better place for those who come after us. We ask for Your grace to be upon all veterans today who remember with sorrow their fallen comrads. Please give them hope through your love.
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)
The Lord is well aware of our need for compassionate eye contact. Looking into the eyes of a fearless person has power to heal trauma. If you struggle with PTSD, daily ask God to look lovingly in your eyes. He will free your mind that is trapped by trauma and fear.
You have the power to transform my mind, and I receive Your healing power today. I take Your Word as the absolute Truth. You are counseling me now and looking directly into my eyes. My eyes of faith see and receive the love that your eyes are communicating.
I hear you whisper, “You, my dearest child, are the apple of my eye. You put that sparkle there, and you are my delight. You have wandered off in fear, but my gaze has found you. Return to me, let me comfort and console you. Let me part the waters of the impossible path that you tread. Let me take you to a new place of joy once again. I am increasing your capacity to receive my absolute Truth and my never-failing love for you.”
Thank you, Father. I will follow where you lead. I will let your Word transform me to the person you created me to be. Give me others who have walked this path of freedom and godliness. Open up Your Word to me, and provide friends who will love me as I seek wholeness.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.