What A Man Says
Anyone who has gone through some portion of living in this world can tell you that as we live we will inevitably encounter hurt. We grow through broken relationships, disappointments, trauma, emotional pain and depression just to name a few. All too often these burdens can seem overwhelming but praise the Lord that He has come to carry our burden and bring healing to us. When we come to know Jesus and understand what it is that He has done for us, our entire outlook starts to change. He has truly given us a hope and a future and we never need to feel alone and broken again.
At the same time, we also still have an enemy out there who is seeking to attack us and bring us back to that place of hopelessness. Have you ever experienced a moment when suddenly the pain of the past comes back? You know that Jesus has healed you and that you are forgiven, but in that moment, all the feeling is right there with you again. How can we deal with these situations that often come on without warning? I believe that when we have these attacks and the enemy wants to bring up the things of the past our course of action should always be to turn our focus back towards Jesus. We need to seek His face and meditate upon the truth of His word.
I was recently reminded of a time when I was a young boy and my parents took me to go fishing on a boat in the ocean. It was my first time out at sea and not too long after we set out I began to feel sea sick. The captain of the boat noticed what was going on and he brought me up to the top deck and told me to look at the horizon and focus on it. He said that the horizon never moves and it is always steady and if we keep our eyes focused on it long enough, then the feeling of sickness will soon pass. So I did what he said and sure enough within a few minutes of looking at the horizon I felt much better. Isn’t this a wonderful picture of Jesus? When we start to feel the pain of the past and start to feel those emotions, we need to stop and turn our eyes to Jesus. We need to stop focusing on the lies of the enemy and instead begin to focus upon the truth of God’s Word. He never moves and He is never shaken. He is the same every day. No matter what we may feel or experience, He is always our steady and firm foundation.