by Tina Coble
I was sound asleep one morning when Jesus woke me up at 3am. I heard Him say, “Keep your eyes on Me.” I asked Him what do you mean? He repeated Himself by saying, “Keep your eyes on Me.” I asked Him again what he meant. Was something bad coming? Why is this so important for me to remember? Again, I heard Him say, “Keep your eyes on Me.”
In Bible studies I have taught and in ministry, I have told others to keep their eyes on Jesus. I have claimed keeping your eyes on Jesus as an important part of your walk with God. Now, He was waking me up in the middle of the night to make sure I kept my eyes on Him. Not knowing exactly why He was telling me this, I decided to dig into His Word for clarification. He led me to Mark 5:25.
In this story, Jesus, surrounded by a large crowd, was on his way to heal a dying child. On his way, a woman, who had been sick with bleeding for twelve years, came up behind him and touched his cloak. She had been to doctors for help and spent all she had but only got worse. She knew if she could only touch Jesus’s clothing, she would be healed. She wasn’t bothered by the large crowd surrounding Jesus. Her focus was Him. The instant she touched his cloak, she was freed from her suffering. Jesus told her, her faith had healed her.
This woman was at the end of herself. She didn’t have any where else to go for healing or know anything else to do. She had a problem no one could solve. She needed to reach out and touch Jesus. She didn’t care she had to fight through the crowd to get to him. Her only concern was getting to him. Sometimes, we need to reach the end of ourselves and what we can do. It is at the end of ourselves we find Jesus is who we need.
Are you at the end of yourself? Do you feel you have no place else to turn because all you do seems meaningless? hopeless? Do you need to reach out and touch Jesus? Jesus is waiting. You may think he’s too busy caring for others. As you read in this story, Jesus was on his way to help a dying child but stopped for this woman and healed her. He will stop for you too. He wants you to come to him and be healed.
After reading this story and thinking about my life, I realize I come to the Lord with strong faith and believe. Then, I take my eyes off of him. My attention becomes focused on what is or isn’t happening around me and what I can do to fix things. I miss him in the “crowd” of my worry and hopelessness.
Maybe you are praying. You know God hears you, but nothing is happening. Maybe things are getting worse. Jesus tells us to hold on and keep our eyes on him. No matter what is going on around you, keep your focus on Him. God is faithful and will answer our prayers.
Heavenly Father, help me keep my eyes on you no matter what my circumstances are. Help me not to be distracted by worry or hopelessness. Let my eyes be fixed on you and trust in you and who you are and what your word tells me. Keep me in perfect peace. Amen
Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!