Do you long to see the beauty in the world? Beauty that just brings a moment of peace to your day?
It’s still there, though sometimes we cannot see it because of all the heartache, noise, voices, anger, and self-absorption that seems to be taking over much of our culture.
We have to look to find it. If we really want to see it we must change our focus from the heartache onto something different.
What if we moved our eyes to the One who holds this world in His hands? God is still on His throne and He is still in control of everything. Yes, everything.
Nothing takes Him by surprise. He sees all, knows all, and still holds this messed up world together by His very word.
So where is the beauty we should be looking for? Our eyes need, first and foremost, to be looking to God, our Heavenly Father. And looking to Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Intercessor. And looking to the Holy Spirit, our comforter, the gift who was given to us by Jesus. John 20:22 tells us that Jesus breathed on His disciples and said to them “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
There is resplendent glory in our Lord.
He is El Elyon ~ The God Most High.
He is Adnoai ~ Lord.
He is El Roi ~ The God Who Sees.
He is El Shaddai ~ God Almighty.
Can you see the beauty in our Lord, our Heavenly Father? He is who he says He is. He is who His names describe. But in our messy world, it’s so easy to miss the radiance of God our Heavenly Father, Jesus our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter.
We still live with chaos all around us, but we can focus on the sublime if we keep our eyes on Him. And if we are focusing on Him, we will appreciate the glorious gifts He has given us in the world around us. We can celebrate His glory in His creation, in His daily graces He bestows on us, in the “but God” moments He so lovingly orchestrates in our lives.
We must be determined to set the Lord always before us. It is a conscious, intentional choice, not a natural inclination. If we choose to set our minds on Him and on the things above, He will renew our minds, strengthen our spirit, and refresh our soul.
Below are several scriptures that encourage me and I hope will minister to you as well, as you set your eyes on our Heavenly Father and reflect on who He is, filling your mind with truths about Him.
El Elyon ~ God Most High
Psalm 47:1-2 “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.”
Adonai ~ Lord
Luke 1:38 “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
El Roi ~ The God Who Sees
Genesis 16:13 “So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen Him who looks after me.”
Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears toward their cry.”
El Shaddai ~ God Almighty
Genesis 17:1-2 “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”
Deuteronomy 3:24 “O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?”
Sweet friend, take heart. Trust in the Lord. Don’t let the things of this world overshadow our Lord and the good and perfect gifts He has given His children.
Blessings, friend ~
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