Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Oct. 9, 2021

Scripture Readings

As I meditated on the passages for today, the phrase, “If you seek me, you will find me” kept coming to mind. That comes from Jeremiah 29:13, where God says we will find him when we seek him with our whole heart. 

The Psalm today talks of us being blessed or joyful if we are following the road God has set out in front of us. “You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him.” (The MSG)

From the outside looking in, it may seem to others that we are living a life imprisoned with many rules we must follow to gain God’s favor. But the Psalm says we are blessed. There’s a feeling of peace and freedom when we know how God wants us to live. We do well with boundaries. We drive safely by staying in our lane, or if on a dirt road, out of the ditches! It’s the same with God. He tells us to love him “with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.” And to “love our neighbor as ourselves”. (Mark 12:30-31)

When we seek God with all our hearts, the rest of the craziness and uncertainty of the world fades into the background. We are then able to focus on God and what he has for us today…and only today. Not that I mean we should be irresponsible or frivolous, but that we can’t change anything by worrying about the future. We can’t force outcomes or manipulate situations to fit what we think is the right way. We can only ask, “What do you want me to accomplish today God?” And then walk in that way.

There’s an old hymn:

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 glory and grace

I like the phrase “the things of the earth will grow strangely dim.” With so many differing opinions and the constant barrage of information coming at us these days, it is sometimes hard to know which way to turn. When I shut out all the noise and seek God and his way for me, I am often given a sense of peace and calm. I don’t always get a clear picture or answer, but the peace comes. I know he knows. And if he knows, I can be joyful.

Dwyla Friend