Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

August 31

Read Psalm 121: 1-2
“I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Where do you look when trouble comes? Do you fix your gaze on your problems or on the One who is the solution?

One of my favorite hymns is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. The chorus says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace”.

I love to picture that. Looking straight into Jesus’s face, the world around me fading away, and with it, all of the world’s problems. You see, I struggle with anxiety. And one thing I’ve noticed is that when I start to struggle, it’s because my eyes are focused on the problems and not the Solution. On my troubles and not my Helper.

If I have my eyes on the news and not Jesus, I am going to panic. If I have my gaze fixed on the stressors in my life, instead of Jesus, I am going to be overwhelmed. But if I lift up my eyes to Jesus, all of the things that give me so much anxiety, begin to fade away.

The Psalmist says that he lifts up his eyes to the hills but that his help does not come from them. His help comes from the God who made those hills and made all of heaven and earth. He is powerful, He is our Creator, He is our Helper.

In Psalm 141, David wrote, “But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge-do not give me over to death.” David wisely kept his eyes zeroed in on the LORD. He is our refuge. Our safe place.

Friend, turn your eyes from the things that are scaring you today and lift up your eyes to Jesus. When you take the time to really look at Him, you find your help, your hiding place, your refuge.

Jesus, when I am anxious and scared, help me to turn my eyes to You. All of the things of Earth are temporary and will fade away. But you will always be my Helper and Sustainer. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

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God, I am guilty of becoming overwhelmed by my daily problems and letting them become the focus of my thoughts and day. God, please, help me to turn to You first, let go of my problems, seek Your guidance for solutions, and focus on what You want me to do. God, You our omnipotent and there is nothing that can not be resolved with Your help and guidance. God, help me to be a better watch keeper and guard my thoughts against the evil one. In Your Name, God, I pray. Amen.
Thank you that the hills and the mountain, clouds in the sky and so on are the reminders of God enablement to do things for us in our time of difficulties in life... He is the maker of everything around us, our helper, sustainer, protector. Amen!
I am so bless by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Wonderful reminder! I have taught the same lesson to my youth Sunday school class but just recently I find I have been struggling with this steadfast gaze upon Jesus. Lord may I never forget you who made the heaven and earth is MY father. Amen
The hope we have in the Lord is so precious. Holy Spirit, keep me alert while I wait for your return. You will always be my Refuge, Helper, and Sustainer. Glory to God.
Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
This is so encouraging to my ears.. I am very anxious at times but like the psalmist David, I too need to look to Jesus and not on the problems as he is the problem solver.. Thanks for these encouraging words and God continue to bless you and your ministry..
Thank you for this reminder that we need to turn our eyes to Him alone.
This should be something we do with each Blessed New day not just times of trouble. Praise Jesus Glory to God Amen.
Thank you for reminding me about my anxiety and where to focus. It is hard now days because of all of the strife we hear about everyday.
Looking full in His wonderful face gives me hope. Thank you for loving me Lord as i am , not as i should be.
This is something we need to be reminded of in this troublesome time we are living in.
Oh,yes!! Sooo true! Thank you as well, for reminding me.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being my Savior, Refuge, and strength. Remind me to always turn to and seek You in everything. I need You Lord. I can't make it without You. In Your son Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen.
Amen and Amen
What a beautiful encouragement. Thanks for this timely reminder.
Thank you GOD! When I am anxious and scared please help me to stay focused on you. Amen
That song is my favorite also, giving me so much encouragement through the years. It helped me through many rough patches, reminding me that if I focus on Jesus instead of my problems, the problem doesn't seem so overwhelming. Thanks for this devotional.
This was really encouraging and it’s the truth. It really gives you something to think about and to be thankful for the loving Lord that we can talk to or pray to anytime of the day. Praise God
Thank u jesus amen
Thank you for reminding me to keep my eyes focused on Jesus and not be overwhelmed with the issues of the day. Thank you Lord for your peace.
🙏🏼💜 So satisfying to know I will always have You God by my side. Anxiety is a problem I too have, but knowing that You can always offer me comfort is such a blessing. Please remind me that You will always be with me & carry me through. Amen.💜🙏🏼
Lord i Thank You. I Needed This Today... been distracted alot lately...
It's so easy to get distracted and not focus on where our strength comes from... today's passage reminds us to look high above for all our needs and answers.
Thanks for today's devotional
Lord thank you for keeping me calm as I keep myself in prayer in order to deal with the encarceration of my son and other stressors.
Lord Jesus thank you for being a miracle worker. When everything looks impossible you do the supernatural by your power and love for us. Help us to trust you and praise you for being our Lord, Savior and God. Amen
I recently stopped smoking cigarettes after 35yrs or more.... and my body and brain after all those yrs truly needed those chemicals but threw my savior jesus christ things are becoming ok.... I send this because its threw the power of christ I've been able to do all that I'm doing now. All praise due to my lord jesus chrisr
I thank you Lord for you are my help. My evet present help. Help me Fatger to keep my eyes on you. Scripture tells us to be anxious for nothing and sufficient is the day there of. Thank you for the grace you provide for us to make through daily and the mercy for when our hearts are overwhelmed you lead us back to where we need to be. Thank you Lord.
Thank you Jesus for being my helper and sustainer.🙏🙏
Thank you. Looking to Jesus really changes heights of discomfort. What a mighty generous loving caring God we have. Amen
Thank you Jesus and your obedience
Thank Jesus
Thank you Jesus 🙏
Thank you Jesus🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Thank you Lord Jesus. This really hit home for me. Amen.
Thank you Lord for always being there for me in times of trouble. Teach me to always fix my eyes on you and not on my problems.
Needed this reminder today! I can relate! I too struggle with anxiety which causes undue stress at times. But when " I turn my eyes upon Jesus" all anxiety fades away and I am filled with joy. Lord, thank You that all my help comes from You! You calm the "storms" in my life and gives me blessed assurance and perfect peace. I love You Lord!