Fixing Our Eyes

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Daily Life
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In the 12 years we had him, Nestlie was utterly committed to us. . . except when he was begging. At such times, his gaze would become so fixated on the object of his desire, that he would be completely oblivious to all else. Tender words and affectionate caresses, things he normally craved, meant nothing to him. He had more important things to attend to!

Dogs are like that. . . but then, so are we.

How often have we found ourselves fixated on some ‘thing’ beyond our grasp? Whether it’s a damaged relationship, troubled spirit, broken body, or insecure future, the temptation to ‘fix’ our eyes on that which is beyond our reach is great. In the book of 2 Kings we’re told that King Hezekiah placed a letter, filled with threats of coming disaster, before the Lord. The prayer he prayed reveals how much this man’s gaze was ‘fixed on Jesus’ rather than the frightening circumstances confronting him. This week as we lay our requests before the Lord, may we do so with the confidence of Hezekiah and the heart of Isaiah who promised that our waiting on God would be rewarded with renewed vigor.

“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel,” My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:27-31

O Lord, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, O Lord and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see*… and grant us grace Lord Jesus, to rest in your love and affection, as we wait upon You. We pray this in your name. Amen.

* 2Kings 19:15-16

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