“Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalm 143:8 (KJV)
Losing focus is common when distractions occur. The call of the urgent is difficult to resist. So often we miss God’s way because we get caught up in meeting the press of ever present needs around us. We lose heart and our faith weakens for the task seems too big for us. Yet we can trust our Lord to help in time of need.
David, the shepherd boy who was anointed to be King over all of Israel, wrote the words to Psalm 143. He knew he needed to keep his focus on God for understanding and direction every day. He knew the importance of keeping God’s ways as he lived out his life.
Many have taken the position of sitting back awaiting the Lord’s return. Consequently, they have lost their focus on God’s work. This is wrong. John recorded Jesus’ words in John 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” Jesus is our example, so this must be true for Believers as well.
In these post resurrection times, we have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us focus on the Lord Jesus Christ who was sent by God to redeem us from the penalty of our sin. We are grateful for His sacrifice on the cross which paid the penalty for sin for all who will accept Him. It makes sense that if we have accepted him as our Savior, that we can trust Him to be our Lord.
God Will Direct Our Way
God is able to direct us in all our ways, for He sees all and knows all. Nothing is ever a surprise. We know His character and perfection in all His ways. He is God over all. We can trust His judgment and be assured His will is perfect. Therefore we are without excuse. Only a fool rejects perfect wisdom and perfect love.
Let us not be caught up in fear or trepidation over the news of the day. Let us not believe false teachings that cause us to sit back and forget the work He has called us to do. There are many who need to hear the message of salvation. Wounded souls need comforting. Much prayer is needed to change hearts and minds. May we not sit comfortably back and wait when lives are at stake.
While there is yet day, may the work of the Lord continue. Let us be found faithful to the end. The Apostle Paul serves as an example to us. He wrote letters to encourage Timothy. Paul is our model for how to respond to difficult times. He wrote in his second letter to Timothy these words of encouragement:
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to reach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:1-3
Paul has many encouraging words to Timothy. Paul understood the need to encourage and bolster the believers, hence his letters to the churches. When troubles weigh you down, go to the writings of Paul for encouragement. Seek the Lord in prayer with repentance and confession. Purpose in your heart to focus on the day’s work the Lord has for you, and see it through to completion.
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5