Looking to Jesus 

for the end of 2017 and into 2018

As I think about the New Year 2018, and study the Psalms in depth, I am drawn to Psalm 121:1+2 - "I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth...
" Also Psalm 123:1 - "Unto YOU (Oh Lord) do I lift up my eyes."
Where am I or you looking? To Whom or to what is our attention focused? As we race towards the end of 2017 and into 2018, what and where will my concentration or motivation be?
Currently I am in George, which is situated near the southern part of South Africa, where my mother passed on, so we came to her funeral and to be with family for a few weeks. George is truly a very beautiful city which is bigger than Tampere, Finland. It is a peaceful and gorgeous place, also a tourist attraction, surrounded by mountains, ocean, forests, lakes and scenic nature, while it also has plenty of charming birds and friendly, delightful people of various races and cultures. Every time I come here, I am amazed at how fast it expands and grows. People look to it as a safe city and refuge in a land where crime has become vast.
When I study the Psalms, I am in awe at how David and others focused on Father God as their safety and refuge for all of their needs. Our focus and what we see or experience, extends to our hearts, our emotions and our actions.
If we read Acts 3:1-7 where Peter and John met a beggar at the Temple gate, we find a fascinating fact. The beggar was sort of looking to them for money or food. Verse 4 says; "Peter looked straight at him (the beggar) as did John. Then Peter said; "LOOK AT US!" Peter wanted the man's eyes to be focused on them and the healing and spiritual life they could impart to him.
When this man looked, it caused him to listen, to be healed, and his life was changed for the better. Beth Moore wrote; "Where we look - where we genuinely fasten our gaze - amid continual life challenges, has tremendous impact on how we feel."
We need to lift our eyes up, away from our own concerns or inner feelings of turmoil or distress or daily cares. We need to focus on Jesus and Him alone. Only He knows what tomorrow will bring. In Matt. 6:33 + 34 Jesus said; "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Emphasis mine)
What is your foremost concern today? What is your worry about tomorrow? Know that Jesus wants to be involved in every aspect of your life, that when He tells us to NOT be anxious, that He will take care of today as well as tomorrow, as well as 2018; that He truly means that He will take our hands and walk into tomorrow with us. All we need to do is to "Fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer 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." PRAYER: Precious Lord Jesus, please help us to focus on You and to set our eyes on You this coming year, so that the things of this earth, the cares of the past, will grow dim. Help us to trust You for every detail of our lives and to have the assurance that You are in perfect control of today, tomorrow and also of 2018 and onwards. We love You dear Jesus!