Shifting Focus

What is God doing in your life? Are you focused on what He’s doing or what He’s NOT doing?

It’s a simple question but it doesn’t have a simple answer. If you are like me, then it is incredibly easy to focus on the negative instead of the positive. We get so busy fighting fires that we can quickly get overwhelmed by negativity.

So, am I focused on what He IS doing in my life or what he’s NOT doing. Honestly, more times than not, I am focused on what He’s NOT doing. He’s not answering my prayer the way I want, when I want it. Doesn’t He know? Is He not listening?

I need a shift of focus.

It is not about ME. It’s really about HIM. Am I doing what I am supposed to? Am I being obedient? You mean I am expecting to be blessed without submitting to God and behaving in obedience?

God does that sometimes because He loves us yet we can’t expect that to be the norm.  Who am I to treat God like an on-demand vending machine? God gives us SO many promises in His word, and they are available to us, however, many of those promises are conditional.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity;” Jeremiah 29:13,14 (emphasis mine)

He doesn’t attach those conditions because He wants to punish us or make our lives legalistic. He attaches those conditions because He wants us to WANT to be like Jesus. In order to be like Jesus, we need certain characteristics that come through struggles when we are living and choosing to be obedient.

So, what is YOUR focus on? Do you need a shift in your focus? Begin by repenting. Move on to praising. Tell God how THANKFUL and GRATEFUL you are for what you have and where you are and MEAN it.  Then finally make a move toward obedience. It won’t be easy. It’s not supposed to be. Anything worth having is worth working hard for.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.” Deuteronomy 7:12

 

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