Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Discipleship Tuesday: The Father's Eyes

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you  (Psalm 32:8).

            One day while getting my hair cut, I noticed a father and his two young sons enter the shop.  The man sat in another barber chair while his children waited.  In a few moments the boys began misbehaving.  The father looked at them sternly without saying a word.  The boys quickly responded compliantly.  Several minutes later those children pleasantly played with each other.  The father glanced affectionately at them as if to say, “I love you.”  The children smiled back.  That afternoon, the father did not have to use words to communicate with His boys.  The watch care of his eyes spoke volumes. 

            My experience in the barber shop reminded me of the way Jesus desires to relate with His family.  He does not want to shout or scream.  He will not write messages in the clouds.  At times his overtones of love come quietly.  The Lord Jesus wants us to walk closely with Him.  He desires to guide us with His eyes.  

Jesus cannot lead us with His eyes if our eyes are not looking at Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Let’s take time today to turn aside and look at Him.  We may need to turn off the smart phone, walk away from the computer, and ignore the television.  Taking a walk to be quiet and pray, singing songs and hymns to the Lord, or reading a Christian biography may help us turn aside from distractions and focus on Jesus. 
He loves us, and He wants to share Himself with His children.  What do we need to do today to get our eyes fixed again? 

God can guide us better when we look at Him.

Prayer: Jesus, teach me to keep my eyes on You, not only on the problems of the day.

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