Lift up your eyes

Genesis 13:14-18

Genesis 13:14, “And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward.”

God told Abraham to lift up his eyes and see His blessing. The land to the north, to the south, to the east and to the west – everything was his. Even the land chosen by Lot! Abraham’s descendants have inherited that land just as God promised. There was no limit placed. Whatever God promises will happen. Even though Israel is now faithless, God will bring times of refreshing to His people. Jews will return to the land promised to Abraham and his descendants, and will return to the God of Abraham (Romans 11:25-27). Israel survived, despite persecution. Many nations in the time of Abraham have been forgotten, but Israel will remain in history. Sincere Christians of today see how God’s promises to Abraham apply to them. All believers are spiritual descendants of Abraham and they are blessed. God told Abraham, Lift up your eyes, see the country, get up, and walk through the land. The Lord requires active faith. Abraham obeyed; and he looked up and saw the land, arose and passed through the land. He built an altar and worshiped the Lord.

If the Lord would tell you today, Lift up your eyes, what would you do? We can use our eyes to see His Word. We can take our eyes away from things that are vain. We can make a covenant with our eyes not to look at sin. We can choose to stop paying so much attention to earthly things, but instead look more to things above. If the Lord would tell you today, See the country, what would you do? We could think more often of the Promised Land, the Kingdom of God and prepare ourselves more diligently to get there. We can choose what is eternal at the expense of what is perishing. We can choose to live each day with joy because we have a future and a hope. If the Lord would tell you today, Get up, what would you do? Have you fallen? Get up! Leave behind what you need to leave behind. Get up and walk by faith. Get up and have an active faith. Go where the Lord is sending you. If the Lord would tell you today, Cross the country, what would you do? We can proclaim the Gospel. We can spend time in prayer. We can choose to fast and pray for our family. We can choose to serve where the Lord is calling us to serve. We can choose to walk in faith, with our God, regardless of the price we have to pay.

Where is your attention, where are your eyes locking? Let’s not care only about this world. If we have hope in the Lord only for this life, we are the most miserable people (1 Corinthians 15:19). We need to look at the promises of God and walk by faith. What is your problem now and how will you walk by faith, even despite this problem? Are you on top of it, with God’s help? We have to watch our reaction to the conflicts of life. Let’s not ignore problems as long as there is peace and nothing bothers us. If you often raise your voice in your home, you need to change. Because by seeing your example and the verbal battles you have with your husband, your children learn to raise their voices too.  We need to be self-controlled and learn how to respond when someone yells at us. It is wrong to answer as Lot did, who preferred argument, rather than losing something material. We need to make peace a priority in our home. In Matthew 11:29-30 we are told, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Humility does not mean weakness. It is entrusting my will to God. Maybe the Lord is asking you to give up a right even today for the sake of His Kingdom. Just like Abraham, you can put your future in the hands of God.

Lord, today I choose to focus my eyes on your Word!


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