Why is it paramount to fix our eyes upon Jesus?
We find the answer to be that only He holds the answer to all things but also because He is unchanging.
We go through valleys and up mountains and often what we would call a mountain God would call a valley and visa versa because He sees the bigger picture through His lens not ours. We see confusion. He dissipates it and sees a solution.
His promise is always “I will never leave you “.
We are to be ever mindful of how we are cooperating with God in the moment we are in. We can be in their presence and not cooperating in their will as were Adam and Eve in God’s presence in Eden and Judas in Jesus presence in the upper room.
The dynamic of the intentional, relational obedience being in their presence is totally different.
Our circumstances and experiences change dramatically from one day to the next much more from one season or era to the next.
Today we read our bible and the word speaks differently to a short while ago. Why?
Because our circumstances have altered and the reality of our relationship, expectation and responses are changed. What fitted the situation before is no longer fitting. Results we expected before have changed our outlook is therefore reviewed in the context of what they are today.
We are in a season that previously has not existed. We have to look with new eyes at it and see where it is different and adjust. We once inter-phased with how it was now it is no longer as it was.
It’s like the difference of having our hand grafted to the back of the head. It will no longer coexist and operate when we use our arm .
It will be movement in our neck bones that link into and influence the new hand.
We have to look anew and see what works what.
Preconceptions are shockingly out of action without transformation.
The joy and hope is that God will reveal Himself more in such transitional times because it is so necessary to transport us through what otherwise could be turmoil and uncertainty.
Fixing our eyes upon and being guided by brings the victory.
Jesus said throw your nets over the other side after the long night with no catch.
He spoke to experience fishermen who new the odds to be stacked against in their experience but by obedience they were to be amazed at their success.
Jesus and God will and are revealing and encountering with us more in everything we obediently go about.
We can expect more, not less, as we trust. We are working together for good to come about.
We require to grab on to and not let go to break through and advance and find our lives transformed.
We have perhaps been predisposed to regularly fishing in a lake that has few fish in it and so our expectation over a weekend’s fishing trip has become to catch a couple of fish.
That expectation is based on regular previous experience.
The lake we are now fishing in is teaming with fish and every cast out is rewarded with a bite and a catch.
Our nets are to be filled the action is no longer one of laid back patience and little action .The action is to being caught up in busy activity and manifold reward.
The circumstances and expectations have changed.
Jesus also pursues, gives the opportunity to restore previous failures and shames just as He did with Peter when He asks three times if He loves Him just to set right the three denials that shamed Him.
So too will He pursue us with opportunities to set our relationship right because now more than ever will our walk be based on our relationship.
Keeping our eyes fixed upon Jesus, upon God keeps us true.
Circumstances, people change but They will never. We engage differently with the world when we see it through the lens that They do.
The illustration shows looking through the lens that God does and seeing with His perspective bringing revelation and light to pushback the darkness.
Two Scriptures that come to mind:
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.”1 John 4:15 ESV
“Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.”John 21:3-6 ESV
The song Revelation Song. Karl I Jobe and Chris Tomlin