A.D.D. Jesus?

My Rock My Refuge

Any mindfulness that leads me to focus upon myself will always ultimately fail me.
This second brief post on the theme of looking to God comes from Timothy Keller’s
helpful collection of a year’s daily devotions on the Psalms My Rock My Refuge…

To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 123 ESV

Timothy Keller writes…. FOCUS. Believers feel the pain of the world’s contempt (Psalm 123:3-4). How do we keep from either adopting its views or becoming resentful and withdrawn? We must lift our eyes to God (123:1). This is more than simply to “take a look”. It denotes a steady, reflective, adoring gaze (123:1-2) filled with longing and desire (Matthew 6:23; cf. Joshua 7:21). The psalmist focuses both his attention and the yearnings of his heart on God in prayer (123:2). He became like a domestic servant, trained to respond to every indication of his master’s will (123:2). In short, the psalmist overcomes all distractions and makes knowing God experientially and serving God obediently the main business of his life. Pray this psalm daily until God shows you his mercy.”

“Prayer: Lord, I live in an “attention deficit disorder” society. One thing after another comes into my sight and is gone. Oh, teach me how to focus on you. Let me always keep you in mind during the day. And help me gaze long and lovingly on you in prayer. Amen.”

From Timothy and Kathy Keller in My Rock My Refuge

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12: 2a ESV

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Spiritually Leaky?

Utmost

We can’t all be what the world calls ‘good looking’, I suppose. But we can surely all ‘look good’; or at least we can ‘look our best’. And, in Christ, by grace, through faith alone, our best look is towards Him. This first of three brief posts on the theme of looking to God comes from Oswald Chambers…

Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Psalm 123:2 ESV

“This verse is a description of entire reliance upon God. Just as the eyes of the servant are riveted on his master, so our eyes are up unto God and our knowledge of his countenance is gained (cf. Isaiah 53:1 R.V.). Spiritual leakage begins when we cease to lift up our eyes unto Him. The leakage comes not so much through trouble on the outside as in the imagination, when we begin to say – ‘I expect I have been stretching myself a bit too much, standing on tiptoe and trying to look like god instead of being an ordinary humble person.’ We have to realize that no effort can be too high.

“For instance, you came to a crisis when you made a stand for God and had the witness of the Spirit that all was right, but the weeks have gone by, and the years maybe, and you are slowly coming to the conclusion, ‘Well, after all, was I not a bit too pretentious? Was I not taking a stand a bit too high?’

“Your rational friends come and say – ‘Don’t be a fool, we knew when you talked about this spiritual awakening that it was a passing impulse, you can’t keep up the strain, God does not expect you to.’ And you say – ‘Well, I suppose I was expecting too much.’

“It sounds humble to say it, but it means that reliance on God has gone and reliance on worldly opinion has come in. The danger is lest, no longer relying on God, you ignore the lifting up of your eyes to Him.

“Only when God brings you to a sudden halt, will you realize how you have been losing out. Whenever there is a leakage, remedy it immediately. Recognize that something has been coming between you and God, and get it readjusted at once.”

From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest…

What? Me (not) worry?

John Piper

I worried less when I was a child. Partly, my bliss was due to my ignorance; mostly it was due to my parents. Jesus, knowing my tendency to worry more now, says to me, “Rob… Do not be anxious, saying, “What shall (I) eat?” or “What shall (I) drink?” or “What shall (I) wear?” For… your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”  Matthew 6:31-32.
This third brief post on the theme of worry comes from John Piper…

John Piper writes….

“Jesus wants his followers to be free from worry. In Matthew 6:25-34, he gives at least seven arguments designed to take away our anxiety. One of them lists food and drink and clothing, and then says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” Matthew 6:32. Jesus must mean that God’s knowing is accompanied by his desiring to meet our need. He is emphasizing we have a Father. And this Father is better than an earthly father. I have five children. I love to meet their needs. But my knowing falls short of God’s in at least three ways…

“First, right now I don’t know where any of them is. I could guess. They’re in their homes or at work or school, healthy and safe. But they might be lying on a sidewalk with a heart attack.

“Second, I don’t know what is in their heart at any given moment. I can guess from time to time. But they may be feeling some fear or hurt or anger or lust or greed or joy or hope. I can’t see their hearts.

“Third, I don’t know their future. Right now they may seem well and steady. But tomorrow some great sorrow may befall them.

“This means I can’t be for them a very strong reason for not worrying. There are things that may be happening to them now or may happen tomorrow that I do not even know about. But it is totally different with their Father in heaven. He knows everything about them now and tomorrow, inside and out. He sees every need.

“Add to that, his huge eagerness to meet their needs (the “much more” of Matthew 6:30).

“Add to that his complete ability to do what he is eager to do (he feeds billions of birds hourly, Matthew 6:26).

“So join me in trusting the promise of Jesus to meet our needs. That’s what Jesus is calling for when he says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.””

This devotional is written by John Piper. For more information about Piper’s ministry, writing, and books, visit DesiringGod.org.