Day 34: Saturday May 16th
When reading today's devotion I thought of the following verse (and I really love it in the amplified version):
[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
Hebrews 12:2 (AMP)
There are so so so many things in this life trying to distract us from what truly matters. It is a constant battle for me to look away from distractions and instead fix my eyes on Jesus. When I think about "fixing my eyes" on Him this is what I think of:
Instead of picking apart all of the negative things and complaints of situations in my life I instead choose to see the blessings and the "good" there is always a good to be found!
Instead of letting my mind go down a rabbit trail of worry and what-ifs I stop my mind from going there by praying.
Instead of seeing the ugly surrounding me or in a situation I am faced with I choose to see God in and through the situation.
When I can take the time in EVERYTHING to remember God and what He has done for me and who He is it provides me with a peace and confidence to get through any and every situation thrown at me in this life.
Even though the distractions are endless God offers us an opportunity in each distraction to look to Him! Try it for a day and see what God does!
Scripture for reflection:
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very fairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18