I lift my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven. Psalm 123:1
Faith is the spiritual ability to always look upward toward God. No matter what is happening in your life, faith enables you to look toward God for the strength, stamina, support, and solace in order to continue forward in a manner worthy of the Gospel. If we are not lifting our eyes to the Holy One who is enthroned in heaven, we are lowering our eyes for an earthly solution to our situation. Faith demands that we keep our eyes upon the Lord regardless of what is happening in our life here on earth.
Perhaps this is in part what the Psalmist was alluding to when he wrote today’s passage. Our eyes of faith must be focused on the heavenly throne where our Lord and Savior reigns. Now this is certainly all well and good when life is fantastic and unfettered. Looking to the lord in faith is easy when nothing challenges the perfect and pristine life we often enjoy. But when distressing, disappointing, and devastating circumstances threaten your pristine life, then the depth of your true faith is ultimately revealed.
When we can look beyond our current dire circumstances, when we can focus on Christ in the midst of chaos, and when we can, through the eyes of faith, see a glorious future, then our eyes are focused on the righteous path, the perfect purpose, and the proper perspective. As the writer of Hebrews so perfectly put it, “And without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)!”
In spite of my frail body and mind, my deepest desire is to please God. Therefore, my eyes of faith look toward Him for the strength to endure whatever may come my way. I live not for myself anymore, but for the One who gave me life. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is most certainly my dire circumstance, but it is not what defines my life. My life is defined by the One who gave me life and continually encourages me to persevere in the face of this horrendous hardship.
If you are struggling today, lift your eyes to the throne of the Living Lord. He will give your strength, support, stamina, solace, and spiritual power to persevere through your struggles. Let your eyes of faith rest on Him and not on your earthly struggle. If you can do this you will be a pleasing sight in His eyes!