“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
It was through my walk in the wilderness that I knew who My Christ really was! There were months when I was torn between God and World, contemplating what this life is all about with so many hurdles and pits. So many questions about Faith, Salvation, Love, and Addiction were distressing my soul. One day, I was so confused that I just sat by my bed on the floor with my head down for a few minutes. Just then inside my heart I felt someone saying – “Look unto Me” and that’s it! It was the Eureka moment. That was when I learnt One big truth that started changing my life, giving me peace deep within and I knew I should not look at people but look unto God alone. We look at people to learn from them. But the Bible teaches us to “Look unto Him”. There is a difference between the phrases “Looking at” and “Looking Unto”. For instance, when we are in a pit, we don’t look at the person on top but we look unto him/her earnestly for help. That is what is required of us even when we fall into our own troubles in life. We read from Numbers 21:4-9, how the Israelites who were bitten looked at the bronze serpent and were saved and we know that it was a shadow of Jesus being lifted up on the cross for our sins and our death (John 13:14). They didn’t do anything but simply looked at it and they lived. Well, we all know Peter walked on the water as long as he had his eyes on Jesus, but the moment he looked at the sea, he started to drown (Matt 14:29-30). In our own lives, this sea which Peter looked at can be compared to our problems, worries or even people. There is a verse which I hold very close – “My eyes are ever toward the LORD,For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” (Psalm 25:15) Here we see that the psalmist is not using his own efforts to relieve himself from the net. But he just keeps his eyes fixed on the Lord and He removes his feet from the net. It’s the same Lord who washed the disciples’ feet, and is now willing to untangle our feet. Are you tangled in any net? Say the internet for example? Are you willing to offer your feet by keeping your eyes on Him? Getting relieved of addiction, getting closer to Him, finishing the purpose that He has set for us, everything depends on having our eyes set upon Him. It is rightly said “Eyes are the gateway to the soul”. As we have come to the last month of this year, can we take a few moments reflecting ‘Has our focus shifted? Has our priority changed? Have our eyes grown dull?’. Let’s pause a minute and run the course slowly but steadily toward the Goal having our eyes fixed upon Him. Keep Looking unto Him!