I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth – Psalm 121:1-2
How important it is for us to take our eyes and attention away from ourselves—who we are, what we’ve done, where we’ve been, what we’ve got—and look to the Lord! It brings to mind the story of Abraham, a very important experience he had with the Lord. In Genesis 15:1, God said to him, “Fear not…I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”
Nevertheless, Abraham complained, “Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless… Behold, to me thou hast given no seed…” (Genesis 15:2-3). God had promised him a son before now, but Abraham was still struggling to believe.
God then took Him out and said, “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, so shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:5-6). With this, Abraham saw his offspring as innumerable as the stars in the sky, and he believed! Afterwards, Isaac was born.
God had to help Abraham’s vision; He got him to look in the right direction and set his focus in the right place. The Lord helped him look away from his age and circumstances, toward heaven. Don’t look into your house, or your bank account to find what you have. Don’t say, “I’m so broke; there’re so many things I want to do, but there’s no money.” No! Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Look toward heaven, from where your help comes.
This is one of the benefits of prayer. In the place of prayer, we can really focus our attention on the Lord. When I pray, I don’t see the impossibilities, limitation, or the problems. I only see the Lord, His blessings, greatness, and miracles! That’s what happens each time you set your focus on Him—in prayer, meditation on the Word, and the Spirit: You see and experience the miraculous!
So, refuse to be anxious about who’s going to help you! Look toward heaven! Lift up your eyes to the hills; your help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Glory to His Name forever!
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Dear Father, I thank you for bringing me into a place of excellence, success, victory, and abundance. I’m inspired by your Word to think the right thoughts, speak the right words and receive the results of the Word in my life today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
(Amplified Version) – You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
(NET Bible) – You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you. Trust in the Lord from this time forward, even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector!
(Revised Standard Version) – Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
(Amplified Version) – Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
(Amplified Version) – Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]…
(Revised Standard Version) – Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…