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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

November 19, 2010 by  
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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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 4:16-18 NIV).

Do not lose heart. Those words are not intended to spur us on through our own strength and fortitude. Rather, they point us toward the One who can sustain us even when we have lost our strength, our hope, our fortunes, our sense of security and safety.

The nightly news is not very hopeful or encouraging these days, is it? Factories are closing at alarming rates; homes are going into foreclosure by the dozens every day; people are losing jobs; gas and food prices soar; and on and on and on. Perhaps you’re struggling with an illness, or the illness of a loved one; maybe you have health issues that make life more challenging for you. Maybe you’re in debt so deep you don’t think you’ll come out the other side. Maybe you’re grieving over the recent death of someone you cared about.

Whatever you’re dealing with in your life may not feel light or momentary. Paul reminds the Corinthians, and us, there is an answer to how we may endure whatever we are going through. I am reminded of the chorus of “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” The writer of this song, Helen Lemmel, had certainly found solace in her Savior and His promises:

So turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

When I start feeling sorry for myself—well, honestly I spend way too much time engrossed in self-pity—I think of the Cross and who hung there. My frame of reference begins to change. My earthly burdens do seem to become lighter. I start to see a light at the end of the tunnel in my situation.

Jesus promised, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (JohN 14:14 NIV)

Cling to the promise of Jesus. He is God’s answer to the how and the why and The Who of every situation in which we find ourselves. So turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

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