A Steady Gaze
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. - (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom once said, “Look without and be distressed. Look within and be depressed. Look at Jesus and be at rest.” Looking without, she had very good reason to be distressed. She lived in a concentration camp. She saw her sister and father — and many others — die at the hands of the Nazis. Looking within, she felt depressed as she saw the darkness of her own heart. But seeing the example of her godly sister Betsy, who saw the bright side of everything and was always trusting God, she concluded, “Look at Jesus and be at rest.”
The Bible says that Abraham “did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Romans 4:20-21). The word waver used in this verse could also be translated “stagger.” It would imply that this unwavering walk of Abraham’s took place with his eyes fixed on the promise of God.
As we walk with God, people will let us down and disappoint us. Circumstances will be difficult. The Enemy will hassle us. This is when we need to remember why we started to walk with God in the first place. It was because of Jesus. So keep your eyes fixed on Him. That will keep you moving forward, because the only way we will make it as Christians is by keeping our eyes on Jesus Christ.
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