Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (351 words)
Psalm 123:1 (ESV): "To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!"
Where we fix our eyes will dictate the direction of our lives. If we fix our eyes inward we will get depressed. If we fix our eyes outward we will get distressed. However, if we fix our eyes upward we will be delighted for the Lord is our strength and our portion forever.
Three times a year every Jewish male over 20 years old must travel to Jerusalem to keep the Feasts (Unleavened Bread, Weeks, and Tabernacles (Deut 16:16)). It was to be a time of renewal and refocus. They would be reminded that the Lord is the One they look to for strength and guidance, not themselves or others but to God alone.
It's proven that wherever you fix your eyes your feet will follow. A runner is to fix his or her eyes on the finish line, a baseball player on the base, a soccer player on the goal because it will direct their feet. Likewise, Christians are to fix their eyes on the prize, who is Jesus, and run as if to win (1 Cor 9:24). He will strengthen us to lay aside every weight and sin that so easily entangles us and give us the endurance we need to run without encumberance (Rom 12:1-2). Fix your eyes on Jesus friend! Don't look inward or outward for strength and endurance, look upward and you will win the race. As Martin Lloyd Jones so aptly put it, "If we only spent more of our time in looking at Christ we should soon forget ourselves." Get your eyes on Jesus, amen?
Father, we thank You for setting us up to win. You have given us all we need for life and godliness. May we look to You alone for strength, guidance, and inspiration. Let us fix our eyes intently on You and run the race as if to win. Help us to refocus this day if we have fixed our eyes on something or someone else we pray in Jesus' name, amen.