|But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge. –Psalm 141:8
What exactly does David mean when He writes that his eyes are fixed on Jesus? I think I got a practical example of this a few days ago. I had a conversation with someone that seemed more interested in the conversation that was going on next to us, than in what I had to say. As I continued to talk, I changed the topic and said something completely off the wall, and he just said, ‘I hear you.’ At that point, it became quite obvious that he was not really paying attention to me, so I walked away and joined in another conversation.
As I read the verse above, I remembered my conversation and wondered how many times I had done that with the Lord. I wondered how many times I had asked for His direction, but paid more attention to the direction from others. I wondered how many times he had changed the subject and asked me to do something, but I did not notice because I was more focused on what everyone else had to say.
When your eyes are focused on someone, you are immediately plunged into an awareness on his/her presence, and you are more likely to hear and understand better what they have to say. The author of Hebrews writes in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the races marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” He first wrote that we ought to throw off everything that hindered and the sin that easily entangled, and then told us how we were to do it. He wrote, “let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”
When Peter stepped out of the boat as outlined in Matthew 14:22-33, he was only able to walk on water as long as his eyes were fixed on Jesus. The moment he took his eyes off Jesus and noticed the wind, he was afraid, and his faith began to wane, and he began to sink.
Imagine if we learned to fix our eyes on Jesus as we stepped out of the different boats in our lives? Imagine if we fixed our eyes on Jesus as we raised our children; what could that do? Imagine if we fixed our eyes on Jesus as we put our financial budgets together? Imagined if we fixed our eyes on Jesus as we considered how to respond to the coworker that drove us up the walls? When Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus, he was able to do the impossible, what do you think you might be able to do when you do the same?
Ask yourselves today dear friends, “Are the eyes of my heart fixed on Jesus?”
Grace and peace be with you.
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