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Monday, August 20, 2012

Our Focal Point

Psalm 16:1 “Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.” Psalm 16:8 “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

          A refuge is like a safe house, which is a structure designed to provide shelter and protection for someone under threat. The enemy of our souls threatens us on every side. God provides us with protection from ourselves and the wiles of the devil if we stay very close to Him. It’s in our staying close that we find our safety. It’s necessary for us to always keep our eyes on the Lord. He needs to be our focal point. A focal point can be defined as a center of interest or activity. Without a focal point we would be looking everywhere except where we needed to look. For example, everything in a painting should lead your eye to a certain point in the picture where the artist wants you to place your focus. Our focus is to be on the center of the universe from which everything emanates and that would be God. We will be safe and not be shaken if God is the center and main focal point of our lives.

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

          As our gaze continues to center on our God, He will make the path we are to take clear to us. The way in which a Christian is to go is not a secret, but rather can be known to anyone who seeks it. Those who find serving God restrictive have deluded themselves into believing that they actually know what they are doing in life. Their decisions are largely incorrect and the paths they take typically lead them either to a dead end or into trouble. What the believer has is within them. What people see is the outward manifestation of it. It is the peace and hope that comes from believing and having trust in someone the world refuses to accept as real – God. Secular society tries to come up with the next new technical accomplishment so that they can survive more easily and quickly. Achieving a WOW factor nowadays seems to be the focal point of the world. Little do they realize that on their best day, their greatest accomplishments will still pale in comparison to the One who gave them life to begin with. A frenetic pace will never bring someone joy or peace. Eternal pleasures mean little to those who don’t believe in eternity. In fact, they don’t truly know what they believe, so they numb their minds not wanting to deal with it.
          True life is in serving God and as a result of that serving others. True joy and peace partner up and provide fulfillment. Doing things for others is very satisfying. We need to shed our comfort zones to do it, but once we do the joy that comes from it is real. Focusing on God and allowing Him to take control of the direction of your life gives us purpose. We are no longer living for ourselves but for others and that can be immensely rewarding. We must not be the center of our own universe. There is no lasting satisfaction in that.