I find in my own life that there are times when I need to re-direct my focus on the Lord. This usually happens when I find myself becoming more and more self-focused. This has been taking place in light of the insanity taking place in our world in 2020. I find it can be easy to pull in and focus inward when under pressure.
Thankfully though, God in His word shows us that looking up to Him and out to others is the way through and out of the self-focused dilemma. King David was really struggling and yet our Lord led him to pray that special prayer in Psalm 40 verse 1:1-2, I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
David did have to wait but God did lift him out of his mess, however, David needed to look up. Our Lord does this for us today. Wherever we are and whatever is going on, God sees, understands and wants to help.
The other truth that helps me and can help all of us is that when we shift our focus to think about and pray for others. It helps us to “get out of ourselves”. Paul tells us this in Philippians 2:3-4. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
We ARE to take care of ourselves but we need to constantly be looking up and out, up to the Savior and out to others. When we do this and work on doing this more and more, our walk with the Lord will grow stronger and we will reap the reward of peace that comes with drawing close to God.
Like much in our lives positive change is a process. Things take time and that is okay. We just need to be moving in the right direction.
Blessings to all,