As with many mornings, I really enjoyed the sunrise today. Its cheery yellow rays refreshed me. They produced peaceful feelings. They spoke about God’s faithfulness. That His mercies truly are new every morning. Even when the world is in chaos and spiraling out of control, our all-loving God is still in power. He always has been and always will be throughout eternity.
Reading my Facebook posts this afternoon was discouraging. Even though many posts were exposing lies with the truth, it was all bad news. Riots, murder, violence, destruction, looting, pandemics…the world’s never-ending stream of bad news is Satan’s story. When a country kicks God out of everything, this is the result. The truth is that Satan’s time to steal, kill, and destroy will very shortly be over forever. The totally righteous, all-loving King of Kings will return to rule and reign forever.
On our evening walk, the sunset was gorgeous. Its soothing pastel pinks, violets, and pale oranges refreshed my senses. God’s story as told by His magnificent creation is so healing. It speaks of His power and love of beauty. God is the master artist who designed each of us with creative gifts to use for Him. It also spoke of His love for humans, that He would provide all things for us to so richly enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
God has been speaking to me about focus or beholding and becoming. What we focus on or behold is what we will become like. If our focus is on the world’s bad news, we’ll think and act like the world. Heaven forbid! If our focus is on God’s Word or good news and we keep our gaze intently fixed on Jesus, we’ll be a sweet savor of Him to all we meet. As we focus on Jesus, he longs to provide for our every need. For example, he desires to give us his strength for our weakness, his patience for our impatience. The list is long. Do a New Testament study on this subject and write down what you find. The fruits of the spirit are all character qualities Jesus wants to produce in us.
While we need to know about current events, we don’t need every last detail. The scriptures do not instruct us to think on Satan’s works. Instead it says: “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” (Phil. 4:8). Thinking on these things will transform us into the Savior’s image.