Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
WHEN MY HEART IS OVERWHELMED;
LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I.
3 For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah
5 For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name. (Psalm 61:1-5 NKJV)
There are times in our lives when it seems like all is falling apart and it would seem like we are being ‘attacked’ on every hand – Deaths; surgeries; Urgent Care visits; cars wrecked and ‘totaled’; finances at the bottom; loved ones hurting with various issues; my nation in the throes of discontent and distrust; my world in chaos; babies being slaughtered; people, in our nation and across our world, being consumed with hate; churches going over the edge and embracing Chrislam; – on and on and on – and it seems like you and I are absolutely being overwhelmed and there is no help and there is no hope!
Such is in this episode of our lives called ‘life’!
In the last couple of months, I have experienced several of these things (and please don’t get in touch with me to find out what, and please don’t call or write people to try to find out what all has gone on and/or is going on. If I would have wanted the world to know, I would have told it. LOL)
I have become aware that so much of the time ‘I am trusting in Jesus’, my eyes and my mind are full of the circumstance, and I am not looking above each and every circumstance to see Jesus! I realize my gaze has not gone ABOVE in a VERTICAL position, but it has been a HORIZONTAL gaze – looking at the problem, while calling on the name of Jesus to help, thinking my faith was in action.
In one of my recent situations when it seemed like fear wanted to rule and reign, it really dawned on me, I was looking at my problem and the resolving of that problem. But when I really looked up and turned my eyes upon Jesus, the problem was out of my vision, and my eyes were fixed on Jesus, Who did and does have all the answers! It is impossible to look up VERTICALLY and at the same time, look Horizontally – straight in front of you! You make a choice – VERTICAL or HORIZONTAL, which will it be!
But in the midst of it all that I’ve gone through, what I want you to know today is that ‘IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL’! ‘THROUGH IT ALL, I continue to learn to know my Jesus, and I continue to learn to trust in God, the Author, the Finisher and the Creator of all of our lives!
In the midst of ALL the issues through which I have gone, not only these last 2 months, but throughout my lifetime, I have experienced a PEACE that passes all understanding! Before and after every situation, God has given PEACE, and He has put His Word in my heart!
God has no favorites! Jesus loves ALL of us – Red & Yellow, Black & White, we are ALL precious in His sight! Whatever is going on in your life today, I want to assure you God loves you SO much, He sent His only begotten Son to this world to be beaten to a pulp, shed His blood, hang on a cross, and Jesus did it all! He bled and He died – for you and for me!!
As inhumane as the death of Jesus was as far as His earthly body was concerned, what He bore in His body and until He said, “IT IS FINISHED”, was/is beyond any human comprehension. He took all our sicknesses and diseases and ALL the SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE! It was the death that only the Savior of the world and the Savior of all mankind could endure!
AND HE WENT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER!
Jesus paid that price so that you and I today, in all our issues of life, can look vertically into the face of Jesus, and know He has the plan – He has the answer – He has our deliverance if we only trust Him with it.
As you read this today, I pray you will “Turn Your Eyes Upon JESUS, and Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the Light of His glory and grace!” That not only sings well, it lives well!
Today, Jesus is waiting for us to cast ALL our care on Him. He does care so much for us!! God is LOVE and His love is so deep, so wide, so open to everyone, we only find what all that means as we have Him as our Savior!! May you have that experience today and may your issues that are overwhelming you be seen through the eyes of Jesus. I promise you – they become very small!
God is able and HE IS FAITHFUL! He is so faithful that even when we are faithless, He remains faithful! He cannot deny Himself!! (II Timothy 2:13)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (John 3:16)
TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS
O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free!
Refrain: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace
Through death into life everlasting He passed, and we follow Him there; O’er us sin no more hath dominion— For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you—He promised; Believe Him, and all will be well: Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell!
(Helen H. Lemmel, 1922 – Hebrews 12:2)
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain: It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! — My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul.
(Philip P. Bliss, 1876)