Do you need help? Do you feel as though life’s struggle is weighing you down, and that the simplest of tasks are becoming unbearable? Maybe it is a financial burden, health concern, troubled marriage, disobedient children, or even an addiction of some sort. God wants to help. We simply need to look His direction. Too often, we look to people, places, or other things that we think can benefit us, and while God may very well use them to help, we must be sure to look to Him first!
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
— Psalm 121
We must be careful ‘where’ we are expecting our deliverance to come from. Sometimes, we expect help to come from family and friends, or other obvious places near to us, but He’s wanting us to look in a different direction.
When I look to the hills, I’m looking up. I see the sky, clouds, earth, trees… creation! I see the beauty and wonder made by His hands, and that’s what God wants. He wants us to look up to Him, having nothing between our gaze that would distract our anticipation of what will miraculously appear!
God wants your attention! If we could quit trying to fix everything with our own intellect, and trust His way, things would change. We must exercise our faith and live with expectancy of His provisions. It may seem as if there is no help to be found when you lift your eyes to the hills, but that’s the miracle… that’s God! We must get rid of any other distractions and concentrate on Him by looking in His direction.
We must be aware of how earthly minded we are. If we expect heavenly intervention, then why are we looking to things down here? If we want God to dispatch angels on our behalf, why are we staring at our neighbor? And if we need deliverance from the pit it seems we’ve fallen into, then why are we focused on the ground? Look up! Lift your head and hands, not only in praise, but that you are in a position to receive as well!
Where have you been focusing your attention lately? Has it been on heavenly things through scripture, prayer, church fellowship? Or, has life consumed your gaze to the point you have no time to even turn your head? Be encouraged today, its never too late to look up! It doesn’t matter what you’ve been doing, what matters is what you choose to do now!
I pray, “Lord, help me. As I look up to You today, please take my discouragement and replace it with peace. I’ve been looking down for so long, I’ve forgotten the beauty of things above. Flood me with Your presence, and let Your Spirit guide me. You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need!”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.