You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel (Psalm 22:3, NASB).
Too often I have viewed other people in a way quite different from the way our Lord and Maker does. Jesus saw people, not as they are, but as they might be, transformed by his grace. This is the perspective we must share.
What gets our attention, gets us. If we concentrate on the weaknesses of other (or our own weaknesses), then the quality of our lives will rapidly deteriorate. It is true that “Looking around brings confusion. Looking within brings despair. Only looking up brings hope, joy, and faith.”
That’s the way it was with Noah and his family in the disaster that ended the old world.
They had only one window in the ark. They could not look out at their neighbours being crushed by falling boulders or drowned by swirling waters. They could not look behind them at the ruins of their former homes, or ahead at nature’s threatening convulsions. They could only look up, through the only window – overhead. This reminded them that God was to be the target of their thoughts and hopes throughout the traumatic voyage.
Every person’s chief duty is the adoration of God. By beholding we become changed. I repeat: “Whatever gets our attention gets us.” – Des Ford
Eli’s Reflection: If your chief duty is the adoration of God, what concrete steps are you taking to make sure that you have to focus on God and on worshipping him every day? Remember, you become what you behold.
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