January 30, 2019

Proverbs 21:2 (NLT) — 2 People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart.

When I was at Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas a pilot crashed his training plane and was killed. He was doing a maneuver where you flew upside down for so many seconds then you would roll the plane back upright. Apparently he became disoriented, lost his equilibrium and instead of looking at his gauges which would have shown him that he was still upside down he went by his instincts which said that he was right side up. By not focusing on and trusting his gauges and instead trusting his misguided eyesight he flew the plane into the ground.

We live in a society that has become disoriented. We are a people who have lost our equilibrium. We think we are right side up but we’re not. We are trusting in our own instincts, our own eyesight when it comes to living out life on earth. We refuse to look at the ‘gauge’ that reveals our true position. The Apostle Paul reminded us of the ‘gauge’ we are to focus on.

Hebrews 12:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Our focus is to be on Jesus. In other words we are to watch how he did life and then do it the same way. Jesus was totally submitted to the will of His Father. He didn’t trust his own eyesight or instincts. He trusted the Father’s eyesight and instincts. This becomes very evident when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane just before his crucifixion. Listen to his words > “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:36 (NLT) — 36

As we watch Jesus’ life unfold in the pages of the Bible we find that He yielded his life to the will of Father God even if it meant suffering for others; that’s what love does. The Father’s will has always been that we his creation would love him and receive His love just like Jesus did. Our society has become disoriented, we have lost our way and we crash because we don’t love Father God, we refuse to receive his love and therefore we have no love to give and what we do give is just a cheap imitation.

Judges 21:25 (NLT) — 25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

For the most part those days have become these days. Hey, it doesn’t have to be that way. We have a King and His name is Jesus.

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