“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalm 34:4-5)
It is an interesting thing of our human psychology that whatever we look to that has an impression on us. It is a bit like with the old fashioned photo-cameras, the image that the lens is open to makes an imprint on the film. So it is with our mind, and soul. Who looks only at their problems, they will always have reason to complain and feel sorry for themselves. The one who look at their enemies will be afraid. Who look at themselves, will either become overconfident, or will lose heart.
What about those who look to the Lord? They will be radiant.
Looking to the Lord means we count with God and we count on Him. Looking at the Lord continuously we will get to know His great deeds, we learn that He does not change, He is faithful, compassionate and gracious. Looking at the Lord means we ask for help, salvation and forgiveness from Him and expect it only from Him. We accept all that He gives us, blessings and trials too. We trust in Him with all our heart.
Looking at Jesus means we know what He did for us: “He loved me and gave himself for me” said Paul (Galatians 2:20). Jesus promised “I am with you always until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), that means in every age, in our present time and in the years ahead!
Whoever looks to the Lord will remain in His presence, they will be in His sphere of power and love, and not under the power of fear. The ‘imprint’ of His cross is on their hearts, minds and souls! They know they are not alone, their life is before the caring eyes of Almighty God and of His Christ!
So, where or to who will you look in 2021?