Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Single Minded Vision

When it comes to salvation, nothing in this world that touches our lives is left to random chance.  Everything that in any way touches your life, every influence that moves you, is under the ever watchful and careful guidance of God. 

We may not at all understand why God allows what He does.  In many cases, not until we can see with the clear vision of heaven will we comprehend His workings.  But we can be sure of this; once we can see the end from the beginning, we would not wish that God had done things any different.  Try as we might, we will not be able to find a more perfect way that God could have dealt with us than what He did.  That is not to say that we won’t see countless things that we would wish we had done differently.

But until that time we, by God’s grace, must walk in faith.  Faith being the evidence of things hoped for, the substance of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1).  And by that faith we can know and rejoice in that which cannot yet be seen or understood.  Indeed, by faith we can rejoice in the knowledge that God will cause even the workings and devices of the enemy to work out for our good.  For it is written, “We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” (2 Corinthians 13:8). And again, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

It is Satan’s effort to get us to look away from God and to the dark things of this world.  But like Paul and Silas beaten and locked way in the deep darkness of a dungeon, our sight must by faith be kept on God above. 

If we take our eyes off God we will be overwhelmed.  Storms may rage all around us.  The waves may threaten to crash over us and crush us.  But if our sight is fixed on Jesus, we may walk through that storm in perfect peace, heedless of the towering waves of stormy fury that threaten to crash down and crush us.  We need fear only that we might be induced to look upon another than Jesus.  Peter learned that lesson - if you are going to walk through the storm, you must keep your eye on Jesus, or you will sink beneath the raging waves. 

It is Satan’s purpose to get us to look away from Jesus, to set our thoughts on someone or something else.  He knows that if he can focus your attention on anything or anyone other than Jesus he has won the battle.  We must be single minded in our purpose in seeking Jesus.

Psalm 91: 1-8
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.
 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.