Psalm 25:15 Where Are Your Eyes Focused?

Cat trap

My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:15 

When there is a hurricane coming in towards land, most people are focused upon that hurricane, wanting to know where it will hit and how strong it will hit. As they are watching it, they begin to prepare for the strike of that hurricane. All the ‘small’ things in life suddenly take a back burner and are no longer a real concern. Many feel as if they are trapped with no where to go and are just waiting out the destruction.

During times of crisis, people are focused on self preservation. They are seeking ways to survive what is going on and how to get through it. 

David had went through many different storms in his life that were set out to destroy him. Men were out to take his life and strived to set up a trap to capture him. Yet, he kept his eyes focused on God, knowing that it was only God who could get him released from the trap set to capture him.

Today the Satan and the world are out to trap the believer. Attacks are set up to destroy him. The problems that a person may encounter appear to be all around, snaring his feet and holding him down. The trap is an attempt to get the believer to deny God and fall into sin.

While it is easy to focus the eyes upon that trap and problems, the believer must focus his eyes and attention upon God, the only one who can release him. God has made a way out of every temptation. He has a path for every believer to make it through the storm or a way to get out of the storm.

To know those paths, one must have his eyes focused upon God and His word alone.

During the times of temptation or struggles that come your way, focus your eyes, all your attention upon God. Do not allow the trap in your path distract you from God.

God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and get you released from the trap set to destroy you. He is the only One who can overcome what is set up against you. Put your trust in Him alone and see His hand at work in your life.

Where are your eyes focused today?

I pray today that you will be focused upon God; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will allow God to guide your steps; that God will release you from traps set to destroy you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

Philippians 4:6-7 Get The Peace Of God

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Peace is something people want everywhere in the world. This is not the peace of agreements between groups of people or nations. This is inner self peace.

All over the place one can see people that are stressed out about some situation that they are facing. Those situations could be dealing with another person, a job, one’s own or someone else’s health, family members, a vehicle, clothing, or something else of concern for the person. Each person’s concerns in life are slightly different from someone else’s, but the underlying principle is that there is not a peace in their lives.

God is always at perfect peace. He never gets worried (anxious) about anything. Why does He not get worried? It is because He knows that He is in control and has the situation under control.

As a human being, you do not have the absolute control that God has. When something is not going the way you like or planned, it can cause some stress and worry. You cannot see the future, so you worry about it.

Here you are told to present your need to God. You are also to do it with thanksgiving. Thank God for the situation you are in and thank Him for how He will choose to get you through it. Thank Him that He knows what is happening and will happen. Then trust Him in it. Believe that He will answer your prayer.

When you begin to trust God with your situation, His peace will come upon you. You will be able to rest in the fact that God is the One who is in control, and not you. In the midst of that storm, you will have a peace that not even you can fully understand. It will pass all understanding.

The world says you have a right to not be at peace, but God wants you to be at peace. Being at peace in a bad situation is putting your trust in God, not yourself or this world.

Tell God what you are going through and facing, then trust Him. Let His peace fill your life and block out all doubt and fear.

I pray today that you will go to God with all of your needs and fears; that you will give thanks to God for everything; that you will trust God with every situation in your life; and that you will know the peace of God in your life.

John 12:16 Not Understanding

“At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.” John 12:16

As Jesus was riding into Jerusalem the people were giving Him great praise. They were lifting Him up as their king. At the moment the disciples did not realize that He was fulfilling a prophecy that had been written about Him hundreds of years before. This realization came much later when Jesus was glorified, when He went up to heaven.

As a person looks back at that time now, it is easy to ask why they could not see these prophecies right away in Jesus. In the moment it is very difficult to see the larger picture. As a human being, a person only sees the moment. Unless something moves them to look to the past, it is hard to connect the dots.

The challenging thing today, is that this can still happen. All you can see is the moment right now. No one can see the future and you may not know all of the past.

There is a lot of history in the past. You may know a lot of it in a single particular area but there is no way you can know everything. Things that happen today have been greatly impacted on what happened in the past and will have an impact on the future events.

God laid down many promises in the Bible that have an impact today. These impacts will even have an effect on you. You may be going through a situation, good or bad, that be the result of a past action. Or that situation may be to bring about a result in the future.

As has been stated many times, God is the one in control. He sees the beginning and the end. He sees the big picture. Seek Jesus and trust His actions in your life.

Some day in the future God may reveal why you went through what you did. You may then understand the why of your situations. Until then all you can do is keep moving forward and trust God.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that God will give you His peace in every situation in your life; that God will show the reasons for those situations; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Himself.

Mark 16:14 Lack of Faith

“Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.” Mark 16:14

Jesus had been crucified, died, and rose again from the dead. Several women had seen Him after the resurrection. They told the disciples that they had seen Jesus alive, but the disciples did not believe them.

Now Jesus appears to them directly and rebukes them for not having faith and for refusing to believe the women. The disciples were described as being stubborn in that refusal.

They were adamant that Jesus did not rise from the dead. They refused to believe the words of those who had seen Jesus risen.

Today ever believer in Jesus believes that He rose from the dead. Only those who do not follow Jesus do not believe He rose from the dead.

Although many believe He rose from the dead, they do not always believe the other testimonies about Jesus. Many people struggle with believing that Jesus can heal them, or provide for them, or get them through a bad situation. They do not believe that Jesus is really in control.

Believers will give testimony about how Jesus helped them in many different ways and situations. Others will hear it, but refuse to believe that Jesus can and will do the same for them.

You may not believe you are worthy of Jesus working in your life. True, you are not worthy, but God is loving and merciful and will work in your life.

You may not believe Jesus will work in your life. Look at the promises Jesus had made. They are for every believer. Believe in Jesus. He is faithful.

Listen to the testimonies of other people and believe them. God does work in lives today. He can and will work in your life today.

Do not have a lack of faith in God. Do not refuse to believe the testimonies of others or that God will not do what He has promised. Believe in Jesus today for both salvation and for getting you through every situation in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal His love for you more than ever before; that God will show His faithfulness to you; that you will have faith in God; that you will testify to others what God is doing in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.