OCTOBER 11, 2017

The Word: FOCUS


“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”
(Galatians 6:9).

The Apostle Paul boldly encouraged the believers in Asia Minor—during some of the most trying and difficult times in their lives—to not quit and to not give up on God. Giving up on God means quitting and sitting on the sideline waiting for something miraculous to happen without pursuing God with all your heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit. 

Allison would come to embrace this “simple truth” as she chose to shift her focus from self to the Savior. This understanding of simple truth rooted itself deeper in Allison’s life as she took God at His word in applying this biblical teaching and as she pursued God with an unobstructed focus. She came to understand that Paul was urging believers to not lose their focus on God and to not grow weary as they sought to do good to all people. And Allison realized that losing focus on God doesn’t mean that God is not there; it simply implies that God is present yet we have marked Him absent. 

That is a deadly and dangerous place to find ourselves. We can grow increasingly weary when we fail to look wholeheartedly to God as the ultimate one who is our loving and compassionate Provider. Embracing depression or despondency is no way to live the Christian life. God wants us to passionately seek Him in all things without sitting on the sideline sucking our thumbs and licking our wounds like a hopeless and helpless wounded duck. 

We must never forget Who is with us. God is the source of our strength. He is the one who stands between us and our most desperate problems. We must never allow circumstances to obstruct our focus from seeing God clearly. Life in Christ is a life saturated with a hope and a future based on a proper focus on God. We have to drop our anchor in a hope in Christ amidst hopeless and hurting situations; this will help us to not to grow weary in doing good. 

Our lives will never change until our focus changes from our situation to our Savior. It’s all about focus. It is not about our circumstances. It is all about where we fix the eyes of our hearts that determines the level of our inner peace. 

There is no need grow weary in doing good. Instead, we need to allow the goodness of God to literally consume our soul. We can practice the spiritual discipline of gooding the bad out of the problems that drain us, and then watch God elevate our lives to a new level of inner peace and joy, as we remain focused on God. God defeats despair with deliverance when we have a proper focus on Jesus.

 

“I want to take my focus off myself and focus on God. It’s like setting your spiritual compass so no matter which way you turn during the day, whatever comes up, then my thoughts go back to Him and whatever He said that morning.”

—Anne Graham Lotz

 

Today’s prayer…

Jesus, teach us how to not simply hear Your Voice but to listen and do what You have commanded us to do for Your Glory. Lord, we need Your wisdom. We desire Your way and not our own way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Devotional taken from Today’s WORD: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times by Robert F. Loggins Sr.