This week we have a powerful guest post from Leena Jeevan. Born and brought up in an orthodox Hindu family, Leena was working for a construction company but soon realized the call of God upon her life and joined her husband Jeevan in full-time ministry. This anointed couple is currently based out of Bangalore where they serve as co-pastors at the Bangalore Revival Centre. Don’t forget to drop in to their website: www.jeevankumar.com
Someone rightly said: Glance at things but Gaze at God
Sadly in reality we are doing exactly the opposite! We gaze at things and glance at God. Let me explain this to you by sharing a testimony from my life.
We recently shifted to a rented apartment in the South Indian city of Bangalore. I still remember when we landed in this city we only had a limited set of clothes and a few kitchen utensils. Our living room had no piece of furniture whatsoever, and nor was there anything in our bedroom.
A month passed away and due to budget constraints we could not buy any furniture. I felt sad that every time our friends would pay a visit to our house, they had to sit on the floor. Soon, out of frustration I started searching for second hand furniture online that could fit in our budget.
One morning, as I was doing this, my husband stood next to me and encouraged me to pray instead. He reminded me that our dependence should not be on websites or the little money that we had, but rather on our God.
I realised my mistake – I was gazing on my needs and not on my God. I stopped my search and instead started thanking God for His blessings and provisions. My testimony doesn’t end here. After a little while, our door bell rang and few of our friends dropped in with a new sofa set and cot for us! And to my surprise, the cot was exactly the same which I had seen online and wanted to buy!
This is how our God works! He gives you the desires of your heart when you look to Him and not on things.
Where do you look for help in your time of need?
The Psalmist says in Psalm 121:1-2: I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Sadly when we are in need we are quick to look around. We pray to God, but we fail to fix our gaze upon Him. We forgot that our help comes from the Lord who is the maker of heaven and earth.
Look at Peter in the Bible. When Jesus told him to walk on water (Matthew 14:29-30), he immediately got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus. But as soon as his gaze shifted to the wind (or his situation), he was filled with fear and he began to sink.
Friends, Let us not make this mistake again!
No matter what your problem is, remember your God is bigger than your problem. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and not on worldly things.
David says in Psalm 25:15 says My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Let us glance at things, but gaze at God.
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