When I was praying yesterday morning, the Lord made a powerful comment. He said deep down inside, “Your eyes are on your problem.” He pointed out that I had been staring at my problem for too long and because I was focusing on it, I wasn’t seeing Him as clearly. It was as if I was zeroing in on the negativity instead of fixing my eyes on the One who can do all things. His reminder stopped me. It shook me and it put me back on the right path. I had not really paid attention to what I was concerned about. I knew something seemed off and I was a bit distant from the Lord. My focus was the issue. My focus was hurting me more than I had realized.
When we stare at something, when we intensely look at something, we engage in it with other senses. We often engage with our hearing. For instance when we look at someone, we often listen to them. We engage with our hearing. I was looking at my problem and I was listening to what it was telling me. It was telling me that financially things were going to fall apart. It was telling me lies that I listened to even though I knew the truth. Our minds can take us down the wrong path and then it is like a slipping slope and we head to the bottom of the valley. The Lord is the best comforter there is and His words blessed me.
What are you staring at the most? What are you giving your undivided attention to? Are you looking at your problems too much? Are you letting them speak to you and get under your skin? Our minds are powerful instruments of peace or chaos. They can steer us in the direction of faith or take us down the road of fear. When we stare at Jesus and we don’t stop looking at Him, everything else fades away. Our spiritual eyesight is focusing on the truth. We don’t care about the trials and the tribulations as much. Our problems don’t change God. God changes our problems.
Focus on the issue will not solve the problem. It will amplify it and give it the power to dominate our thoughts, our words and ultimately our lives. Jesus should be the common denominator in all areas of our lives. He should be the One we relate to, talk to, trust and rely on. When we add Him into all the equations of life, we get great results. There is always a positive outcome. Today I want to encourage you to take your eyes off of your problem. Don’t ignore it but let it be in the background. Let God be in the forefront of your mind. Focus on His love. Focus on His goodness. He is the One who truly matters and the One who can change every matter of life.
Take the time to see what you are meditating on the most. If Jesus is not the focal point, make a change. Hit your negative thoughts with praise. Make Jesus the center of your attention by praising Him. Have a praise session. Have a Jesus session. Distract your mind with the right thoughts. Distract your mind with the right song. Sing. Praise. Speak over your life. Speak Jesus over your situation. That helped me tremendously yesterday. I spoke Jesus. I engaged with another sense. I stared at Him and I spoke about Him. I made my voice louder than the fear by proclaiming that Jesus is King and He will always reign. I lifted Him up and He brought the negative thoughts down.
Let’s stare at Jesus. Let’s keep our eyes on the Son of God. Let’s make a habit to revert to Him when the enemy is trying to bombard us with despair and worry. Jesus won all the battles. He even won the ones we have not faced yet. We can always count on Him. We can always win through Him. When our eyes are on the problem, all our senses get messed up. When our eyes are on Jesus, hope, love, peace and joy influence all our senses. We see the powerful truth that will never change. We see that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; Jeremiah 29:13; Hebrews 12:2-3