When hardships hit us it so common for us to look down and out. In my life I’ve come to realize that this attitude is not reflective of who I am in Christ. Looking down takes my mind away from God and His unlimited power and puts my thinking on me and my limited power. Looking down shows us who’s not in control of our circumstances.
Looking down is us saying “we got this…we’ll take over now…we can handle this…”and that requires no faith and no God. In fact, when we look down, we are saying we want to be in control and we are god in our own lives. And where does that leave us? More defeated and more depressed!
When we fall into this trap Satan uses it to manipulate our thinking in ways that can be destructive for our lives. I don’t know about you, but Satan is off limited to my circumstances! Think about it, would you want an idiot to do your homework? So why would we let Satan do our thinking for us?
But looking up proclaims trust and requires us to walk by faith and not by sight! Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to, “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It’s difficult to not look at ourselves consistently, I think we default to looking down, but we need to look to God to lead us, provide for us, and deliver us, and that is EXACTLY what the Lord is interested in.
God is right there and He will always be right there. There’s an incredible sense of freedom that happens when we look up at Jesus and go through our lives day to day.You see, it’s hard to feel down when you’re looking up! Imagine what Peter felt when he fixed he eyes on Jesus and walked on water! What happened when he looked down though? He immediately fell.
As followers of Christ, let’s look up today. Trust that God is in control, knows exactly what we’re going through, and that He is faithful and true to His children.
Pressing On Together,