Where are your eyes focused when tough times come your way?
The Lord commands Moses to send spies into the land of Canaan.
One of the most common mistakes we make during the tough times in life is to place our eyes on circumstances rather than on the promises of God. The Lord promises Israel that He will lead them into the Promised Land and defeat the armies that are living there. He even promises to send in swarms of hornets to drive out the armies, so Israel won't even have to fight. But one look at the giants, and every promise is forgotten. One glimpse of the armies, and "God is not enough." The New Testament is full of promises for us. We must keep our eyes on the promises.
As you focus on God's promises, praise Him with this psalm:
The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? (Psalm 113:4-6).
Now pray this confession to the Lord:
You will cleanse me from all my iniquity by which I have sinned against You,
and You will pardon all my iniquities by which I have sinned and by which I have
transgressed against You (based on Jeremiah 33:8).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God's will, voice your affirmation of His Word:
I delight to do Your will, O my God;
And Your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8).
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
- Greater faithfulness with your talents
- Opportunities to serve the Lord
- The concerns of your heart
Now offer this prayer of worship to the Lord:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).