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Keep Looking UP

The psalmist writes, 
  • “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens” (Psalm 123:1 – NKJV)
As we take in the news of this day in which we live, as we observe the condition of the world around us, as present circumstances tend to unsettle us, it is very easy to become anxious. Many a voice echoes a familiar message of our day, “These are uncertain times we live in.” Uncertainty promotes anxiety.
 
Adding to these things can be troubled times in our own lives. Certainly not everything is on the up in each one of our lives. Failures, health problems, job losses, troubled spirits, concern for others, these things and many others are very real possibilities in each one of our lives. We are never guaranteed all will go well while we are in this flesh, in this world.
 
For the Christian, in the midst of all these, the thing to do is to “lift up (our) eyes” to our God.
  • “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress; So our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He shall be gracious to us.” (V-2 – NASB)
As “servants” look to “their master” for direction, protection, and deliverance, even so believers look unto “the LORD our God.” For His mercy, His grace, is extended to all who keep their eyes on Him.
 
An illustration of this principle-put-to-practice is seen in II Chronicles, chapter 20. Here King Jehoshaphat had big problems. He was up against three nations that had banded together to war against him. In this troubled state the King cried,
  • “We have no might against this great company that cometh against us . . . Neither know we what to do.” (V- 12 – KJV)
So what then do we do when we don’t “know what to do?” The answer is found at the end of V-12,
  • “But our eyes are upon Thee.” (V-12 – KJV)
In this particular case, God answered King Jehoshaphat immediately and gave him victory over his enemies. And sometimes the victory is immediate, but not always (take note of the word “until” in our beginning text above). Sometimes God’s response comes later. Whatever the timing God seeks to have us “lift up (our) eyes” to Him in our periods of distress, uncertainty, anxiety.  
  • “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains, from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 – NASB)
We lift up our eyes to the Lord for it is from Him that our “help comes.” And, take note . . . He keeps His eyes on us . . .
  • “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth the He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (II Chronicles 16:9 – NASB)
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you walk, always be certain from where your help shall come from, and keep looking up.
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