This week we have been being bombarded with earthly concerns about finances, relationships, and just a lot of little miscellaneous problems. It can be easy to let these types of this overwhelm you.
Over the past several weeks, my pastor has been talking about spiritual vision. Matthew 6:33 (ESV) says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When all the worries and concerns started hitting us, I realized that these things were designed to try to blur my vision and to detract my attention from seeking God first.
The cares and concerns of the world are things that can make us take our eyes off God if we allow them to. The more we have the desire to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, the more our enemy will try to discourage us and defeat us. We need to remember this. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the enemies of God who want to destroy us (cf. Ephesians 6:12). This all reminds me of that old hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5qc0EcNgqw shares a good rendition of this song).
When our vision is being clouded by struggles, trials, and temptations…the fiery darts of Satan…we need to focus in on Christ. As we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, the things of the world will indeed grow strangely dim as our spiritual vision clears.
What are you focusing on?