Thursday, 26 May 2022

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

 Scripture: Psalm 123 v 1 - 4:  "A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

2  Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
3  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4  Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud."

David lifts his eyes heavenwards searching for the Lord, wanting to make eye contact with Him. That recognition and reassurance strengthens all those who seek His compassion and mercy. We need to make eye contact with Jesus as when He sees our faith His grace flows towards us to meet our needs.

These days Christians are under much persecution as millions of people deny the Lord who bought them at the price of His own life.  Many mock and scoff at Jesus and His followers; many think they are Christians but are deceived. God calls such people hypocrites.

My family told people I was "touched" meaning slightly mad. I was an embarrassment to them. I was no longer believing in the tired old religion they were bound to.  I was definitely touched - by the Lord Jesus Himself who blessed and anointed me to serve Him. I would sing - He touched me; Yes He touched me and O the joy that floods my soul. Something happened and now I know He touched me and made me whole.

Remember that the same type of mockers watched and scoffed as Noah and his sons built an ark 100 miles from the coast in a place that had had no rainfall for 150 years. Today CNN and all the experts would be on the scene to persecute Noah. Until the deluge came and tsunamis wiped them all out.

Just looking sadly at the destruction of life in a Texan primary school this week, and other parts of the USA where those whose peaceful existence has been violently disrupted.  The Ukraine is reeling under the Russian bombardment.  Famine is a big concern as is climate change.  The world is in big trouble.

If our eyes are not upon Jesus we have very little peace and not much to be thankful for.  The currencies of the world are in turmoil with rising prices, higher inflation, shortages especially of wheat, everything is changing at a rapid pace.  Jesus is our Rock and He will help us through these times

Today God is building a spiritual ark called the Body of Christ. He says He will have the last laugh as the persecuted followers will be safe inside when the Wrath of the Lamb destroys His enemies.

Are you helping to build this spiritual ark by being close to Jesus and obedient to His Word? Or are you content to let someone else do the building in the false hope that God loves everyone and He will be merciful no matter what you do or omit to do. 

Keep your eyes turned upon Jesus! And be obedient to Him at all times.

Prayer: Heavenly Father it is wonderful to be wrapped in Your pure love knowing that when the end comes we are safe from harm. Give us compassion for the lost that we may bring many to You for salvation. In Jesus' name. Amen.