Aug
03

Getting Your Focus Back

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focus Have you ever found yourself feeling disconnected from God? Perhaps disgruntled? Depressed? Disillusioned?

In Psalm 73 we glimpse into the life of Asaph as he wakes up out of a spiritual sleep that had left him feeling all of that. He takes some time to unravel the threads that had bound him in negativity and shares his journey with us all.

We can almost feel his pain mingled with his relief as he shares:

Surely God is good to Israel,

    to those who are pure in heart.

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;

    I had nearly lost my foothold.

Ever felt that way? Like you’d almost fallen into a dark place? Slipped off the edge and lost your faith?

Asaph had lost his spiritual focus when he took his eyes off God and began to focus on what felt to be the unfairness of life. He had lost his peace, his joy, and his confidence in God’s heart for him.

He reflects:

3 For I envied the arrogant

    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.

5 They are free from common human burdens;

    they are not plagued by human ills.

…12 This is what the wicked are like—

    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

Asaph had put his eyes those who were not walking with God and had drawn the conclusion that they had no problems whatsoever. I’m not exactly sure what all was happening in Aspah’s life, but it’s pretty easy to assume that it was not all good. His journey had taken him into the land of self-pity:

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure,

 and have washed my hands in innocence.

14 All day long I have been afflicted,

  and every morning brings new punishments.

When I tried to understand all this,

    it troubled me deeply

…21 When my heart was grieved

    and my spirit embittered,

22 I was senseless and ignorant;

But there was a turning point for Asaph. He found a way out of the pit, regaining his footing and the purity of his heart. The way out for Asaph was found in God’s presence. The way up was found in refocusing his heart on God and moving his focus away from other people.

16 When I tried to understand all this,

    it troubled me deeply

17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;

    then I understood

…28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.

    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;

    I will tell of all your deeds.

What about you? Are you struggling with envy, bitterness, disillusionment, and depression as  result of a wrong focus?

Enter in God’s sanctuary today. Find a way to be near God. Make Him your refuge. Tell of his deeds in words of praise. Repent of all that has derailed you.

It’s the way out and up. It’s the first step to regaining your footing.

It’s the path of joy and peace.

It’s the way to true perspective.

And while the lives of those around you may remain the same, you will be changed and there’s nothing else in life that compares with the joy and peace that come when God is the focus of your life. 

Get your focus back.  You’ll be so glad you did.

 

 

 

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