#4185 – Captivated

Good morning people who love God

“When we are not captivated by the beauty of God we will be distracted by the cares of the world.”

This world is so tangible; so real, that it can often be foremost in our minds and in our lives. The challenge is that much of life is filled with cares that would love to take our full attention; cares that weaken the strongest of people.

But God is greater.

Let me quote again the words of that incredible song that always touches my heart.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

I just noticed the word strangely as I was typing. On the one hand it’s not natural for us to look at Jesus more than we look at our problems. Our natural tendency is to be overwhelmed and focused on the cares of this world. But when we do live life as we were created to live, and that is with a God-focus, the things of earth, the natural things, the challenges, the cares of this world – they grow dim. On the one hand it’s strange how this happens – on the other hand it’s the way God intended it to be.

God is lovely. God is wonderful. God is majestic. God is holy. God is nice; very very nice. God is good; oh so incredibly good. God is our Initiator and Sustainer. God is our all in all. He is the first and He is the last. He always was and He always will be. He knows all and He sees all. His heart is full of compassion and kindness. He likes us. He loves us. He desires us.

It’s time to lift up your eyes and behold the beauty of the Lord…today…right now…while your challenges still remain…while you can’t see your way forward…lift up your eyes and be captivated by the beauty of God.

Psalm 27:4-5 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

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