What are We Looking at?

Road through the Scottish highlandsHolly and I will have interesting conversations when we are driving somewhere, especially if it is a place that we have both driven to before.  I’ll see something interesting and say, hey, did you see that?  And Holly will always, without fail, say no, I was looking at the road.  What are you looking at?

I always joke that I survey the entire field of vision while I’m driving and she looks at just the road. And honestly, I think we know who is probably both right and safer!

But what we are looking at so often determines where we are going and where we will wind up.  What we are looking at is so very, very, very important.  Listen to what happens today in 1 Samuel 18: 6-9:

6 As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.  7 And the women sang to one another as they made merry,

“Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.”

8 Saul was very angry, for this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands; what more can he have but the kingdom?” 9 So Saul eyed David from that day on.

What is Saul looking at?  He’s looking at David. And what happens?  He gets incredibly jealous.  He was already jealous of David, but it gets worse and worse and worse.  The more he looked at David, the more jealous he became.  The more that he wanted to destroy David.  The more that he wanted to preserve his kingdom and his power.  The more that he was led down the road of his own destruction.

So is it for me and your today. What are we looking at?  Are we looking first to our faith, to our God, to our Saviour?  Or are we looking at others?  At what they have?  Their success?  Their stuff?

What are we looking at?

If we are looking to others first, we will never be happy and content.  Never.  We will never, ever, ever be happy.

If we look to God first, we will find our purpose and life in Him. And we will find that happiness and contentment, because we will find ourselves in Him.  That’s where life is found.  Not in ourselves, not in others, but in God.

What we are looking at determines so very much in life. Today, what are we looking at?

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