one’s focus

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Hebrews 12

Sometimes we can get off course terribly because our focus is wrong. We may be not only distracted from our faith in God through Jesus, but we may actually be focused on an issue we can’t resolve and in the process lose all of our joy and peace. The telling part is the misery that accompanies this, to put it mildly. Even a kind of brutality can set in against us with a sense of fear and condemnation, easy tell tale signs that what we’re receiving is not from God. It could be partly from ourselves, but it is more the work of the enemy who will take us for this ride as long as they possibly can, and after we’re off of it, will arrange another such ride in the not too distant future.

What we have to learn to do is to come what may keep our full attention on God, even in the midst of other things we have to see to. What we’re seeing to is just an occasion to learn to focus on God through Jesus, yes to do so by focusing on Jesus himself all the more, even while we go about the necessary business of everyday life. We do this by meditation on scripture, by prayer which is specific to what is needed at the time with faith in God and in his promises that he will see us through.

Our focus. It’s a vital part of our faith.