Monday, July 27, 2009

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."
"Simply trusting every day, trusting through a stormy way, even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus that is all. Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by; trusting Him whatever befall, trusting Jesus that is all."

Ps. 25:15- Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

I read this verse in my devotions a couple days ago and although I've read it before it really jumped out at me this time. I really tried to think about what it meant. I realized that it says "for..." That means because. So I put it all together- I don't ever have to worry about where God is leading me. If my eyes are on Him, then they are not on my feet, or on the distractions around me, or on a guy, or on my problems... they are on Him. And I think sometimes I worry that if I don't look where I'm going and if I can't see the next step then I will trip and fall and get hurt. But this verse says that if my eyes are on Him then he will make sure my feet don't get tangled in a net. If I just keep trusting eyes on Him, and let Him guide every step, then He will keep me from falling or getting caught up in something I'm not supposed to be in.
I worry a lot, and my parents can testify, about making the wrong choices and missing God's will. I always say..."Well, what if I choose to marry the wrong person, or go to the wrong school, or some other big decision.... then I will miss out on God's will and get messed up." Well, God promises that if we are seeking Him, and are really focused on Him, He will take care of which path our feet take. ..... That is so reassuring to me. I need to learn to better focus on Him... I think I'm learning all the time but I still get so distracted. But, keeping my eyes UP is the only safe way to travel through this life; although it may sound strange and seem foolish to the world.
Stop worrying about what path to take. God doesn't want us to worry. He wants us to keep our eyes on Him and let Him lead. He will keep us on His path if we are focused on Him.
Hope that all made sense.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

HE knows the plans

"Sometimes I feel so small, and wonder what God wants from me, What will I be?
I listen for His call, and try to wait so patiently, Though I may not see
And when I cannot find my way, I just remember the promise He made...
'I know the plans I have for you, I know exactly what to do, I will work a wonder for your good.
I will listen when you pray, Give you peace for each new day, Trust in me your whole life through, I know the plans I have for you.
The working of His hand sometimes seems so strange to me, it's a mystery.
I try to understand and follow everywhere He leads, For my heart believes
When I cannot see the end, I hear Him say it again and again...
I know the plans I have for you, I know exactly what to do, I will work a wonder for your good.
I will listen when you pray, Give you peace for each new day, trust in Me your whole life through, I know the plans I have for you.
Search me with all your heart, Seek me and you will find, A future filled with hope, The purpose for your life..."
-"I know the plans"- Lordsong

This has become one of my favorite songs. The verse in the Bible actually says -Jer 29:11- "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." The word "thoughts" in this verse means purpose. Expected means "the thing that I long for". God wants to give us what we long for (as long as our longings match up with His purpose) We know this from the verse in Psalm 37:4- "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Our life is in good hands with the Lord because he has a purpose for our lives that He knows all about and His desire is to give us our expected end. The end that we long for. How encouraging! The part I like to put the emphasis on is the fact that HE knows the thoughts or the purpose. I don't have to know it. He already has it planned out. I may not know what the end looks like but He does. I may not know what to do, but He does. And He always has my good in mind- that is, to make me more like His Son. So if He is the one who knows the end and the purpose and the plan, all the more reason to stay close to Him huh? :)
Just some simple thoughts of encouragement today. If you struggle with wanting to know God's plan for your future like I do.... take this to heart. It could allow you to live with a little more peace.