Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Let me encourage you today.
When I was a boy my dad taught me a valuable habit. When he had an instruction or a correction to give, he taught me to look him in the eye and listen. It was a bit intimidating at first for an eleven year old kid, but as I got in the habit it helped me gain confidence. It also led me to realize that if I want to learn and stand firm in life, I need to focus on the right people and hear the right words. Along with that, I came to realize that looking my dad in the eye helped me to see that he loved me. Looking my dad in the eye helped me later on to receive God’s love.
At 17, I began to believe Jesus the Savior. I committed my life to Him as my Lord. Focusing on Him, His words and works, has given me a fulfilled life. That’s the big picture, and I’m so thankful. But I’ve found that there’s a catch while we live this life. The catch is in where you choose to look and in the words you hear and see. You get to choose where you look and to whom you will listen.
A significant part of your Christian life is up to you. What you focus your eyes upon and what you hear and retain is a huge influence on the growth and confidence you experience, or lack. This is why it is so important for you to choose to focus your eyes and ears on God’s Word, and to stay close to others who also want to walk with Jesus. When I let my eyes and my thoughts focus primarily on me, or the circumstances around me, or on the things of the sinful fallen world, then I am likely headed for regret and repentance.
So, here is my encouragement today: The next time you read a verse or hear a phrase that builds your faith, inspires you, or points you in His direction, get a piece of paper and a marker, write it down and put it somewhere where you’ll see it daily – stick it to your bathroom mirror, on the table where you eat, the dashboard of your car, or on the desk where you work – somewhere to remind you to reset your focus onto Jesus; whatever you have to do to just look Him in the eye and listen.
The Lord gave this encouragement in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 when Moses said, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
If you’ve looked away, then bring your eyes back to His. You’ll see His love again.
Pastor Rich Marshall