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    Start Looking Up

    February 2, 2021 Tom Linderman
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    God's Character
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    “Lift up your eyes on high and see”
    Isaiah 40:26 (ESV)


     It’s reassuring that God understands our feelings.  He understands them better than we do.  As a child, I remember memorizing the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept” John 11:35.  All of our emotions are gifts from God for us to properly express.

    This pandemic has brought many disappointments and discouragements. It has resulted in canceling many events and brought health concerns to almost everyone. Many worry about the future and are frustrated with the present.  It’s good to recognize our feelings of being worried or anxious.  Where we look for help can make a world of difference.

    Philippians 4:6,7“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

    Have you ever noticed that when you are sad, your eyes tend to look downward?  I may not know why we look down, but I suspect everyone has experienced this reaction without even thinking about it.  Walk once around the block and see if you look downward in contemplation or look upward with curiosity.  In general, if you are feeling down you likely will also be looking down.

    Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

    When life gets you looking down, consider looking at the Lord and all that He has done!

    Psalm 123:1 “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!”

    Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?

    When we are feeling down, and catch ourselves only looking down, then it’s time to turn our gaze to Heaven.   Jesus modeled this for us in John 17:1 “When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,’”

    Let's become more aware of those things that have our attention.  Perhaps in a very literal way, look up to God, tell Him your worries and anxieties, and as you see how He cares for you, your emotions will find peace and comfort.  It’s time to start looking up! 

    Lord, help me to see You every day, thank you for caring for me!

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