Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God…Psalm 123:2.
Today's devotional talks about how we must look to the Lord in total reliance. Without that....we cannot walk successfully with him. We start to drift. We lose our stamina....not physically, but in our minds. Here are Chambers' words....written over a hundred years ago...wisdom that lasts through the ages.
Our stamina is sapped, not so much through external troubles surrounding us but through problems in our thinking.
A million times I have stopped looking to the Lord and then been sabotaged by my own thinking. I begin to dabble in memories...thinking that I am strong enough to handle it. I think it is only a little thinking and that it is harmless. Those thoughts quickly turn into pain and then anger....and it is a downward spiral. It is yeast. A little bit that works through the whole dough (Mark 8:15).
The danger comes when, no longer relying on God, you neglect to focus your eyes on Him. Only when God brings you to a sudden stop will you realize that you have been the loser. Whenever there is a spiritual drain in your life, correct it immediately. Realize that something has been coming between you and God, and change or remove it at once. (Chambers)
He will. He really will. He will stop you right in your tracks. Just as a wise father stops his little child from running out into traffic....or wandering too far away from him.