Look to me and be saved – Part 2
The command, “Look to Me and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other, ‘Isaiah 45:22 NKJV’ is not a call to a casual gaze, but an intense and sustained look of faith. In Acts 3:6, when Peter and John met the paralyzed man at the Beautiful Gate, they said to him, “Look at us…” When he looked at them in faith, he was healed. They had no alms to offer to the paralyzed man other than the blessing of healing. We must look to God in faith and absolute trust to be saved. To make it in 2020, our gaze must be permanently fixed on Jesus. He alone knows the way. We should not be like Peter, when Jesus bid Peter to come to him on water, he started off very well with all his attention fixed on Jesus, but midway when the storm arose, Peter shifted his gaze from Jesus. Consequently, he began to sink, Matthew 14:28-31.
The tragedy of our generation is our propensity for distractions. No generation is as distracted like ours. We are easily distracted by the Internet, social media, fake news, entertainment and, blitz and glamour of advertisements. Instead of looking to Jesus, we tend to look elsewhere. We look to men who lack the power to grant us salvation. We look to politicians who constantly fail on their promises. We look to celebrities who simply entertain us and leave us spiritually empty and dehydrated. Let us look to Jesus and live.
The Psalmist reminds us that those who look to the Lord will never be disappointed: “The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed,” Psalms 34:5 GNB. As many of us who look to God this year will not suffer shame.
It is only by looking to Jesus, through his word and by abiding in his presence; we shall finish well in 2020. The writer of the book of Hebrews 12:2 points to another way we can look to Christ; it is to fix our eyes and attention on Jesus as an object of our salvation and example in all ways, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
There are, at least 11 benefits, we stand to derive if we steadfastly look to Jesus Christ. He will give us direction. He says, “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you,” Psalms 32:8 NLT.
He will constantly counsel us on what steps to take. He is our counselor (Job 12:13). He will help us. God is our most trusted helper in difficult times, Isa. 42:10-14. He will provide and support us in times of adversity, Psalm 23:1. He will give us the wisdom we need to excel in our pursuits, Col.2:3. He will keep us safe from every evil that may threaten our lives, Psalm 91. He will heal us. He heals our body, soul and spirit, Ex.15:26. He will give us spiritual power. He has given us his Spirit to empower and strengthen us, Acts 1:8; Psalm 27:1-3. He will teach and instruct us. He teaches us to make profit, John 15:12-15. Looking steadfastly at the Lord brings about inner healing and transformation, 2 Cor.4:16-18. Lastly, but not the least, he will give us hope, as we sail through the storms and tides of life.
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