Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
As I journeyed further in my prayer walk I began to see with my mind's eye what that meant:
Turn your eyes is a specific directive - one that dictates effort and deliberateness. We must redirect our full attention to Jesus, expecting His loving and gracious response.
Look full in His wonderful face denotes an intense pondering of Jesus and His majestic character. It has been said that as angelic beings encircle the Throne in heaven they behold another facet of His glory each time they go by. An infinite array of bewilderment and awe settles upon each gaze.
The things of earth will grow dim as we focus on heaven's glory. Our eyes are extremely sensitive to light. As we move from darkness into His illumination - we behold the brightness of His countenance. Conversely, as the light diminishes and we strain to see clearly - earth's allure fades and dims.
We have a unique opportunity as His children (if we are willing) to "be still, and know He is God." (Psalm 46:10) I am preaching to myself here. One of the hardest things I face is stilling my mind and pausing to take in the Lord's loving kindness and grace extended to me.
Are you in a spiritual battle - unsure of your strength and resolve? Do you face a monumental difficulty in your marriage? Is there a loved one far from God's fold and living in rebellion?
"Then go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place." (Matthew 6:6) Steal away with the lover of your soul. Hence you can say, "My eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." (Isaiah 6:5)
As you meet privately with Jesus - keep your eyes wide open and your heart tender. When you gaze into His loving face be sure to recall what a great price was paid for your redemption. Praise Him for His gift of salvation. Rejoice in a day of celebration when we will behold Him as He truly is...