Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

“Let us fix our eyes on the Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)
When I read this verse I picture our walk as a rickety old bridge. The walking boards old, worn and in imminent danger of breaking. The handrails either broken or totally missing in some places.

Before we start our journey into chronic illness we look at this expanse defeated. Fear grips our hearts. Uncertainty fills our soul. How are we ever going to traverse this? It is impossible. But picture, if you will, Jesus on the other side, beckoning us. He is saying to you and I today, “Don’t look down nor to the right or to the left. Keep your eyes fixed on me.”

Putting full focus on our circumstance keeps us frozen, but if we instead look straight into Jesus’ eyes, knowing full well He has it handled, we can with confidence go into each day with a renewed hope of making it through to the other side of whatever we might be going through.

If today you feel yourself slipping, losing your step and in fear of falling, then I say to you, look into His eyes and keep putting one foot in front of the other. His love is infinite and eternal. Scripture says God is for us, not against us. He is on the other side saying, “You can do this, I have put my Spirit in you and you will persevere and overcome just as I did.”

Our faith is not in people or things, it is in our God and His ability to make things right. This is a season of renewed hope as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. And a Savior is exactly what we need!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Barron lives in Sheridan, Montana. She is semi retired and loves to read, write, and her latest hobby, outdoor photography, although her first love will always be the word of God. She considers her fibromyalgia a formidable, unrelenting teacher.

12 thoughts on “Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

  1. Dear Katherine,

    This is just what I needed to hear today. It is so easy to get caught up in fear. Fear is not from God. He wants our trust and faith. I have struggled much with this in the past year. I feel like I say the words I trust God and he knows what he is doing but inside I am afraid.
    Thanks you for your words of encouragement to refocus my eyes on Jesus, the perfecter of my faith.

    God Bless,
    Heather

    • I have struggled too this year, and this was as much a reminder for me as it was for you! I too will refocus. Thank You Heather and may God Bless
      Catherine

  2. Hi Catherine!

    Excellent illustration! Thinking of having to cross that bridge would scare me silly! But then, seeing my loving, wise Protector on the other side, beckoning me to come would give me that needed confidence.

    I’ve had some frightening new symptoms lately and a repeated diagnostic procedure just this week that did not go well. So I appreciate this piece of writing so very much! Thank you.

    The Lord makes no mistakes with his loved children. And his promises can be counted on 100%.

    May He bless you in a wonderful way during the Christmas season.

    • Beth,

      You are absolutely right Beth, He makes no mistakes with His children. God bless you as you go through this time. May He strengthen you for the task ahead.
      Catherine

  3. Oh, Catherine how I needed your inspiring words right now. I feel much as Heather expressed and yet I know I am trusting in Jesus, too.

    There are times it can get confusing and I am as wobbly as that old rickety bridge. You are right when you stay our focus is to be on Him, no matter how we feel. And I am reminded that we are not at the start of that walk, either and He has seen us this far with His faithfulness and He is never going to take His eyes off of any of us.

    I cannot thank you enough!

    Bless you!
    Lynn

    • Lynn, to feel confused is common to us with chronic illness. Each day can bring something new and we can and do at times feel overburded with life. But I continue to pray Lord keep me always looking strainght into your eyes. I will pray for you and may in everything He bless you with His peace.

  4. Putting full focus on our circumstances keeps us frozen. What a powerful statement! And so true. I have had Fibromyalgia for many years, and just recently have been diagnosed with Progressive Mulitple Sclerosis. My health had been deteriorating rapidly these past few years, and now we know why. I have had a few moments when I do get “frozen,” thinking too far ahead and worrying. But I plan to fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and defender of my faith. Thank you for ministering to me this day.

    • You are sooooooo welcome Sandra. I am saddened by your diagnosis. It is good to “know” but then it becomes one more obstacle to overcome. We were never equiped “in the flesh” to walk out this life,that is why we have Jesus. You have great courage. He is well pleased with you.
      Love
      Catherine

    • Sandra, your faith has brought tears to my eyes. I am humbled by your walk with God. You shine. Way up here in french Canada.
      God bless you.

      Michel

  5. Me again Catherine! Thank you so much for responding to my comments. At the moment I do feel confident that God will continue to guide and strengthen me for the future.

    God is good! All the time!

  6. Dear Catherine,
    I read your devotional today. How timely! What a wonderful picture you have painted for me of that rickety bridge. I always remember picture illustrations so much better than word ones. I can see Jesus waiting for me to just look up. Today was a ‘stumbling” day. I cope with the effects of my FM reasonably but have great difficulty with the extra “unpredictable” type stress. This seems to happen more and more now as my dad has dementia, mum is his carer and often all I can do is watch…it can be frightening. You reminded me that that is exactly when I take my eyes off Him.
    blessings, Jenn. with thanks

  7. Thank you Jen and God bless you as you go thru all of this. Remember He has never removed His love nor His hand from you life. Our faith is more precious than gold to Him.

    Love
    Catherine

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