Scripture: verse 2
Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.
Observation: “Above” is where Messiah is, according to the verse before. We are to focus on God and God’s plan, not the things we see around us.
In Next Level Living, the author comments that when things are confusing in the physical realm, it means that something is happening in the spiritual realm. We are sitting on top of a floating iceberg, quite certain that our little island of ice is the whole story, unaware of the giant mass of ice below the water. But it’s only by studying the giant mass that we can understand the little island.
I made a playlist of cheerful music recently for someone who is having a rough time with life at the moment. I included Creed by Third Day, which isn’t really cheerful. The lyrics are the singer’s creed: a simple list of the things he believes. But the more we think about God, the more we see from His perspective, and the more we can understand about the spiritual forces that underlie the events we see.
The song ends “This is the very truth of God and not the invention of any man.” The other advantage of focusing on God is that He is outside us, that He is objective and eternal and unchanging. He is our firm foundation, our secure footing. Without Him we have to rely on our own judgement and emotions and thoughts, and that’s a scary thought.
Application: Focus on God-things, not human-things. Look for the underlying spiritual happenings.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for seeing what I can’t. Thank you for guiding me through events far too complicated for me to understand and predict. Help me to value your perspective above my own. Amen.