Happy Monday. Whether you bounded out of bed or were slowly resurrected, make it a good day.
I love to think of the many vacations my husband and I enjoyed through the years, especially one of our last in August 2000. We took a Mediterranean cruise, at the end of which we spent a week in Lucerne, Switzerland.
As we checked into our hotel, situated on a mountain overlooking Lake Lucerne, we were told that the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra would be performing that week. Excitedly, we purchased tickets.
The evening came and as we entered the concert hall, anticipating what was ahead, we were greeted with chaos and confusion.
Very soon the noise abated and complete silence came as all eyes were on one lone figure entering the stage. He approached the podium and raised his baton. For the next hour, as the orchestra watched the director carefully, we heard beautiful melodies and peaceful harmonies, and the former chaos faded.
In 2 Chronicles 28 we have the story of a time Judah had a situation of great confusion. Under King Jehoshaphat, they were about to be attacked by the Ammonites, Moabites, and other “Ites.”
The king pleaded with God. “We have no might against the enemy. We don’t know what to do! But our eyes are upon you!”
When they got their focus right, stillness and calm came and fear left. They began to praise and worship, and when they lifted their voices in song, victory came—the enemies were defeated.
There have been times I felt much like those people of Judah. Situations brought confusion, fear, and defeat.
I refocused and, instead of looking at the circumstances, I saw clearly the God of my circumstances. Nothing changed, yet everything changed.
1 Corinthians 14:33 says God is not the author of confusion. The father of lies, the accuser is.
Where is our focus today? On a recent diagnosis? A rejection? Finances? A loss? On and on we could go. These are too mighty for us. What to do?
Corrie Ten Boom, who survived years in a World War II Nazi death camp, after suffering inhumane treatment and torture said this:
“Look at the world and be distressed.
Look at yourself and be depressed.
Look at Jesus and find rest.”
Or as Helen Lemmel wrote:
“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.”
“Don’t expect to see a sunrise if you are looking into the west.” –Japanese proverb.