♣ Focussing on HIM
“… looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfector of our faith…” – Hebrews 13:2
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3
TRAVEL SICKNESS WAS a regular occurrence with me during my early youth until one driver gave me invaluable advice which is still drawn on to the present day, although such episodes are very few and far between.
Living in the UK at the time and Britain being notorious for its narrow roads, I was accustomed to focussing on whatever we were passing by – trees, buildings, parked vehicles, people and although our travel speed was within legal limits, those objects being so close gave the illusion we were travelling beyond that which threw me into disorientation until I was given that great advice to focus my eyes on the horizon; to look at the furthest point ahead of me. It sure did the trick and works like magic to this day.
There the eye can focus rather than concentrating on the many things that pass us by; looking beyond what rushes by onto the horizon that dominates perspective and brings calmness into the situation.
Do we not see a similarity in our lives as Christians? So many aspects in life can throw off our focus by trying to make sense of everything that happens in our lives; we become so absorbed with the details, bogged down by life’s complexities, perplexed by sudden and unexpected dilemmas or misfortunes and before long our spiritual compass is out of sync. We have lost sight of the One Who keeps us in balance.
That sense of disorientation increases until we redirect our eyes on the horizon that brings all things into a balanced perspective. We still see, and dare I say that we see more rather than focussing on one quick passing detail at a time.
The human brain is so quick to pick up details that we’re not always consciously aware of, but there it registers, processes and relays with rays of sense as we are focussed on the bigger picture.
We don’t always obtain immediate answers to our questions full of pain and vexation and sometimes there can be considerable ‘delays’ in understanding such times. That’s where Scripture calls us to decline leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6) but to trust God Who knows the answer and has already prepared the best way forward for you. He not only has the way hewn out but has also determined to walk through it with you.
So long as our eyes are focussed on the details that present dilemmas, our minds will lay victim to whatever whim; there will be no stability; there will be no peace that is every Christ-merited right for every believer.
God will keep your mind in perfect peace when it is stayed on Him. It is determinedly and daringly fixing our gaze on the Author and Perfector no matter what our circumstances are. It is acknowledging God being infinitely in control over absolutely everything. It is knowing that He is Almighty God over our tiniest situations and predicaments that brings stability of mind and heart.
God will keep your mind in perfect peace when it is stayed on Him.
That is a promise we can stake our all on and if at times we find ourselves so low that we can’t even lift our head and turn our eyes to Him, He is merciful and compassionate to lift up our heads (Psalm 3:3) as we cry to Him, when our hearts are overwhelmed and faint, to lead us to the Rock that is higher than ourselves (Psalm 61:2).