“You’re down because of what you’re thinking about,” the Holy Spirit spoke. “Think about me, and you won’t be down.”
Go figure. I’m the one who has so often told people, “When I’m focused on the Lord, I’m doing really well. When I get my focus off the Lord and onto my circumstances and this world, I go straight down and I’m a mess,” I essentially have told people over and again.
It’s not like I haven’t read these verses a zillion times:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Speaking of getting my focus off the Lord, such was the case that day. I was feeling downhearted, and my day wasn’t getting any better. The Lord, in His tender loving mercy, gently compelled me to turn my focus back to Him. Oh, He is so merciful, so gracious, so wonderful.
I indeed had my reasons to be down. But I didn’t need to stay the way. I needed to make a change. I couldn’t change what I was upset about. But I could have a change of heart and focus. I needed to return my focus to the Lord!
Friend, I have a confession to make. I did a really poor job of returning my focus to the Lord that day. But the Lord in His mercy was loving, kind, and gentle with me – and reminded me the very next day what I needed to do.
To return my focus to Him and to His Word! This time around, I was resolved to do what I needed to do. To focus on Jesus and the Bible and on the Lord’s will for me.
Need the reminder? I need it regularly. Friend, we don’t just need the reminder. We need the resolve and the commitment – and to take action. When our gaze turns away from the Lord and the Bible and His will for us, and we find ourselves downhearted from staring at our troubles and challenges, we need to return our hearts and eyes to the Lord, to His Word, and to His will! Amen!
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Psalms 42:5-8