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God I look to You!

on October 13, 2015

One of my favorite songs is by Jenn Johnson & Bethel music:

‘God I look to You

I won’t be overwhelmed

Give me vision to see things like You do,

God I look to You

You’re where my help comes from

Give me wisdom 

You know just what to do’

And the chorus beautifully declares God as our strength, our shield, our rock, and that He reigns!!!!

 

I find myself singing this song a lot when I’m feeling overwhelmed. It is a reminder to me to lift my eyes from the situation and circumstances that I’m facing and place them on God.

2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to ‘fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal.’

2 Corinthians 5:7 echoes this: ‘we live by faith, not sight.’

What we look at can block our vision from the eternal. It can keep us fixated on the here and now. It can keep us walking in discouragement and fear. It can steal our joy, our hope, our faith. It can keep us from seeing God and it can stop us from seeing what God is up to.

In Matthew 14, Peter courageously asks Jesus to call him forth out of the boat to walk on water. He does actually walk on water but the moment he takes his eyes off Jesus and looks at the wind, he is afraid and begins to sink. His focus shifts from Jesus to the present circumstance. 

I love the words from the above song ‘give me vision to see things like You do’. I often think vision is a fancy word for faith. It’s a preferred future, a trusting in God to bring forth His heart for us, to take the temporary and breathe life, healing, hope, joy, and freedom over it.

Wouldn’t it be great to see things from God’s perspective? To have eyes to see the big picture! I love that the things of this world are temporary and that we are walking toward an eternal freedom and glory! God sees the big picture and He asks us to lift our eyes to Him and walk by faith (not sight)! 

Perhaps you are going through a difficult season at the moment. Perhaps you need spiritual eyes to believe God for your finances, your health, your marriage, your child’s salvation. In the temporary, it can look daunting and we can wonder how on earth we are going to see any kind of breakthrough, but it’s in those moments we need to remember that God is BIGGER and lift our eyes and voices to declare His sovereignty over our lives!

Perhaps you are in a valley so dark that you can’t even see God… I’ve been there… and can I encourage you that God is there!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WILL NOT LET YOU GO! He’s got you. Hang on for dear life and keep walking because the valley will come to an end and there will be joy again. He will prepare a banquet for you and the enemy will have to watch on as you feast on God’s goodness. (Psalm 23:5).

In the story where Peter begins to sink, he cries out to Jesus and the passage says that Jesus ‘immediately’ reached out His hand and caught him. The Message says ‘Jesus didn’t hesitate’. I love that! In that moment when we feel ourselves sinking, we can call out to Jesus and He will not hesitate in reaching for us!

Some of the most defining moments in my faith have been when I have declared God’s sovereignty over whatever situation has been overwhelming me. As I put worship on and begin to sing that God reigns, something shifts in me…and in the spiritual. The thing that was consuming me gets put into perspective as I lift my eyes to Almighty God and place it in His hands. Can I encourage you to make some time this week to declare God’s sovereignty over whatever situation is going on for you. If you can get a hold of Jenn Johnson’s song sing ‘Our God reigns’ over your life.

Let’s ask God to give us spiritual eyes to see His vision for our lives. Let’s not get stuck in the temporary. Let’s fix our eyes on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith!!! 

Blessings!

Tammy

Lift Our Eyes


4 responses to “God I look to You!

  1. John Finkelde says:

    Love it Tammy! Excellent thoughts on our focus. It must be on Christ. Keep on blogging.

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  2. Leanne says:

    True words spoken 😘💕

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