Read with me, “But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!” Psalm 141:8

What we look at matters, and the way we see impacts the condition of our hearts.  When we fail to truly see Him for who He is, we will experience a lack of hope. People perish when vision is wanting. Things fall to chaos and disorder when our vision is skewed and divided. Why does the psalmist say, ‘look up?’ He understands that a downcast eye is indicative of a despondent heart. Often times throughout the Old Testament we see an angel speaking to a prophet starting the instructions or prophecy with the words, ‘look up.’ There is a receptivity of spirit, an open posture our hearts assume when we look up, a consequent alignment of our hearts that says, “I receive.” When we look up, we initiate a beautiful engagement with what He is saying and doing. Whenever Jesus prayed, He looked up. When King Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled the dream and had come to the end of living like an animal the Bible says he looked up. “But at the end of the days [that is, at the seven periods of time], I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my understanding and reason returned to me; and I blessed the Most High [God] and I praised and honored and glorified Him who lives forever, For His dominion is an everlasting dominion; And His kingdom endures from generation to generation, Daniel 4:34 AMP. He looked up, and as he did his understanding returned, and with it He worshiped.  The way we see, the perspective we adopt affects our faith.

What are you looking at? What do you see? Dry bones? Hopelessness? Is the light still blazing in your eye as you behold your King? Look to Him and be known. Behold, He is good. Circumstances are not a reflection of who He is, or of His heart. They can be altered by His direct actions and provisions, but He is Father and King, and He lives inside of us. See  and behold He is good and present, ready and able. Do not look around you and assume the state of affairs are resultant of His involvement in your life, do not let circumstances be the affector of your love for Him. With affection look at Him and be encouraged to live.  What goes on around us is testifying of physical kingdoms, but what goes on inside us has to testify of the One;  righteousness, peace and joy, this is the effects of the Kingdom of light. Lift your eye and allow His light to brighten your countenance. See, and be seen by the One who loves your soul.

“And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength.”
Ephesians 1:18-19