Our focus is to be on the Lord in all seasons. Problems come to the surface trying to make us focus our attention on the problems, instead of on the promises of God. As we walk by faith our ability to focus on Christ, and our determination to keep that focus, increases.
We consider the problem but keep our focus on God. Not looking at the things which are seen, but looking at the things which are not seen, doesn’t mean we ignore what should be handled. It’s being able to see a condition from an eternal perspective. The more our heart is directed to the things of God, the more our affliction is seen as trivial and temporary. What we focus on often becomes clearer than what surrounds it. When we go to a movie theater and sit too close to the screen, we do not see the whole picture correctly. We step back and then it becomes clear. In order to keep our focus on the Lord, we sometimes need to step back to regain clear insight.
As we magnify the Lord, all else is minimized. We keep our eyes on God; His person, His promises, His purposes and His principles. We exalt the Lord. We magnify His holy name and all that is not of Him is brought low, from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
What is happening around us right now? Do we enjoy the people and conversations to the fullest by intentionally abiding in the present? Our adversary constantly tempts us to either think about tomorrow’s possible heartaches and pains, or remember those of our past. He does so to steal the joy we can experience in the here and now.
A husband or a wife comes home and while greeted by their mate with a tender embrace, thinks of what happened at work, plans they made for the next day or how much the other angered them the day before. This can also occur in other relationships. Missing priceless moments and letting valuable times of happiness pass by often happens unknowingly. Many interactions with loved ones are not treasured because of a wrong focus.
Giving our full attention to what comes our way takes an intentional purpose of the heart and the enabling of the Spirit of Christ. As we seek the Lord in the now, He helps us enjoy His abundant blessings, moment by moment from glory to glory!
1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
God’s presence is often detected in the details of our lives. When we take the time to look for Him, we find He is there, always. He can be seen on the scene of every happening in our lives.
God saw Moses turn aside to observe the supernatural manifestation of the burning bush and then God spoke to him, calling him from the midst of the bush. When we take the time to turn aside to pay attention to the Lord’s presence, we can expect God to communicate with us in greater ways. When we draw nigh unto Him, He draws nigh unto us. Communication is directly linked to communion. God knows how to get our attention and will continue until we pay attention to Him. When we turn to Him for every need, we find His word feeds us, indeed.
Our God sees us seek Him and delights in being found. We seek Him until we see Him. We see Him in the small things and often in unexpected ways. Distractions come to try to take us aside and steal our time to turn aside. By God’s grace, we can stay tuned into the voice of the Lord. We look to Him, from glory to glory!
Exodus 3:3 “Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ ”
God hears us! The Almighty with whom all things are possible hears us! The Greek meaning of to hear, is to stop and pay attention to. When we pray, God stops and pays attention to us. He doesn’t just pay attention: He answers our petitions according to His will. Our confidence in God grows as we know He hears us. At times when we speak to others, we realize that they only hear us partially. Hearing is filtered through past experiences and the revelation of truth. No one will hear fully until we are perfected in the Kingdom, but God does.
He not only hears fully what we ask; He also hears what we have no words to express. He pays attention to the petitions we express, and to those we have in our hearts. He exceeds our expectations and does above and beyond all that we ask or think.
We ask God for the total victory we have in Christ. Every request we have is answered by more of Him. The moment we ask, we receive. We do not ask wondering if He wills, but according to His will. Without a doubt, it is His will for us to receive what He has given us. God hears us. We do not always hear Him. We find we hear Him increasingly as we pay attention to Him, from glory to glory!
1 John 5:14-15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
We are to be slow to speak and quick to hear. When we communicate with the Lord, we delight in hearing what He has to say. In our conversations with others, we should endeavor to listen to them with undivided attention. To quickly hear is the key because we naturally are made to quickly speak. It takes practice by the grace of God to do the opposite, be slow to speak and quick to hear.
In a conversation, we may be thinking of an answer even before we have heard everything the other person has to say. Instead of listening to them, we are meditating on what we are going to say. It is important to pay attention to what is said. Our hearing is filtered by past mindsets so it helps to lay aside what we think we know, and focus on what the other person is saying. When we are slow to speak, because we take the time to hear, our words will have greater impact.
In our hearts we care so much for others we want to know what they have to share. Giving a listening ear is a loving and caring gesture. We treat others the way we would like them to treat us, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:13 “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.”