Fixing My Eyes on Jesus

By Anne Graham Lotz   •   January 20, 2013   •   Topics: ,

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When I read the news, I have the distinct impression that our world is unraveling! Economically, politically, environmentally, socially, religiously, morally and culturally, we seem to be in turmoil. The uncertainty has stoked fears that have produced one of the highest suicide rates in years. To be honest, my heart sinks as I look at the prognosis for 2013 if we do not turn to God in repentance of sin, or if Jesus does not return. Humanly speaking, we seem to be increasingly hopeless and helpless as we dig a deeper and deeper pit into which we ourselves are falling.

But I have heard God’s voice in no uncertain terms speaking to me from Psalm 46. He has commanded me not to lose my focus. Like setting my spiritual compass, He has challenged me to fix my eyes on Jesus so that regardless of all that swirls around me, my heart is steadfast, trusting in Him!

READ PSALM 46

I. DURING NATURAL STORMS   
Psalm 46:1-7
Name some environmental disasters that took place in 2012.

Focus on Him   
Verse 1
Give three characteristics of God during times of natural storms, and describe what each one means to you, from Psalm 46:1.
How did Noah experience God’s provision in the midst of the Flood? See Genesis 7:11-16.
How did Elijah experience God’s provision during the famine? Read 1 Kings 17:2-6.
How have you been personally affected by environmental storms?
How have you experienced God’s provision in the midst of them?

Focus on Hope
Verses 2-3
Name the four environmental disasters referred to in Psalm 46:2-3. Give each a contemporary description.
Could environmental disasters be sent by God as warnings, or even the implementation, of His judgment? See 1 Kings 16:33 along with 17:1; 2 Kings 8:1; Jeremiah 11:21-23; Revelation 6:7-8, 7:1-2 and 8:5.
When disasters strike, whether these are His judgment or not, how are we to respond, according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-14?
In 1 Kings 19:11-18, how did God use storms to refocus Elijah on His Person and His purpose?

Focus on Heaven
Verses 4-7
Compare the Psalmist’s description of Heaven in Psalm 46:4-5 with Revelation 22:1-5. What similarities do you find? What to you is the most meaningful aspect of Heaven?
How does Psalm 46:6 describe our world today?
When trouble surrounds us, what does Jesus tell us to do in John 14:1-3?
What practical steps do you need to take in order to keep your focus during times of natural storms?

II. DURING NATIONAL STORMS
Psalm 46:8-11
What national storms are brewing in our world today? Name the most obvious ones.

Focus on His Power
Verses 8-9
Who does the Psalmist indicate is behind national storms?
How is the Psalmist’s perspective affirmed by Isaiah 46:8-11?  Colossians 1:16?
How does this change your perspective? See Romans 8:28.

Focus on His Person
Verse 10
Who is God? See Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:6, 14-15; John 1:17-18, 3:16, 4:24, 5:18, 26; and Revelation 1:8.
What phrase is repeated in verse 10? What does this mean to you?
How was God exalted in Exodus 15:1-18? See also 2 Samuel 22:47-51; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Job 36:22, 37:14-24; Isaiah 2:17, 6:1. Give phrases.
Besides keeping our focus, how does the Prophet Micah say we are to respond to who God is? Read Micah 6:6-8.

Focus on His Position
Verse 11
Why do you think this verse is repeated twice in this Psalm (see verse 7 also)?
How is the thought in verse 11 amplified in the following verses, and how does each one encourage you? Psalm 2:1-6, 10-12, 37:1-7, 61:1-5, 62:1-2; Isaiah 40:21-31; Zechariah 14:1-9.

At the beginning of this new year, I know that if I am not careful, I will get out of focus. The busyness and responsibilities of family and ministry will distract me, the natural and national storms will distress me, the memories of past wounds and failures will depress me. I know. So I must be intentional about fixing my eyes on Jesus. Every day. I need to make the time to read His Word, listen to His voice, apply and live out His principles, obey His commands … every day … if I’m to maintain not only a vibrant relationship with Him, but a healthy equilibrium mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Would you join me in fixing your eyes on Jesus, too? Every day. Make this your New Year’s resolution for 2013. ©2013 Anne Graham Lotz

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16 Comments

  1. Mariel Sasha says:

    Thank You Jesus for your word which is always there for me whenever I'm troubled. Have merecy on me Lord and Protect me. I am your baby.

  2. Mary says:

    God prompted me to keep singing “Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus” over and over, especially in the midst of turmoil, although He wants me to sing it daily. There are verses about singing songs to God that build up your most holy faith.

  3. Barbara says:

    Thank you… I really needed to hear this today.

  4. Dot says:

    I thank you, Billy Graham, for continuing to shine for our Lord. I have followed your ministry for 55 years and continue to praise God your faithfulness along with Bev and Cliff.. a team who has faithfully served our Saviour over these many years.

  5. Marcella says:

    Would it be possible to have a print version of your study? contact internet@bgea and we will see what we can do?

  6. Matt says:

    Thank You so much for this wonderful bible study! I am going through quite a few storms in my life right now, and, this helps to keep me focused on Jesus Christ!

  7. debbe says:

    Thank you for this inspirational study guide, I am a catholic turned christian so reading the bible is a new practice for me. I find this study guide both helpful, and inspirational

  8. Zenovia Peralta says:

    Blessings to you all for your Godly insight.

  9. Karen says:

    Thank you for this written word. In all the daily turmoil, I can know all is well and God will always be in control….the best thing I can wake up to each day!

  10. Allison says:

    Thank you for this insightful bible study. This has encouraged me to not get discouraged during storms but keep my eyes on Jesus and the power of God. He is my refuge, strength and help in trouble.