Am I Looking To God? 1-22-2010

January 22nd, 2010 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »
January 22, 2010
Am I Looking To God? (Oswald Chambers… My Utmost for His Highest)
Look to Me, and be saved . . . —Isaiah 45:22

Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, “Look to Me, and be saved . . . .” The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. “Look to Me . . . .”

Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christia

n should be, and looking at this image in other Christians’ lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation— it is not simple enough. He says, in effect, “Look to Me and you are saved,” not “You will be saved someday.” We will find what we are looking for if we will concentrate on Him. We get distracted from God and irritable with Him while He continues to say to us, “Look to Me, and be saved . . . .” Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God.

We will also discover that when we are looking for peace and or courage and relief, we may not find them immediately because we are looking for the blessings instead of looking at God. Our”peace meter” or indicators are only indicators of our peace……when we seek more peace inside of our circumstances we are still one step removed from looking at Jesus. (Note: looking at Jesus is substantially different than looking for Jesus. Looking at Jesus confirms our faith, looking for Jesus does not…….)


Wake yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter how many things seem to be pressing in on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him. “Look to Me . . . .” Salvation is yours the moment you look.

Imagine that wherever we are, whatever trial (s) we are facing……we can find immediate peace the moment  we look to Jesus”. And if we do not find immediate peace we can suspect that we are/were looking for  peace or other indicators instead of looking at Jesus.  Looking for the blessings instead of the blessed, looking for the gift instead of the giver( we cannot look for both at the same time) may be the very thing preventing us from finding the God that meets all our needs according to His riches in Glory.  JDV/DJR


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