Fixing My Eyes on Jesus

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

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!


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?

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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  1. Aaron Hkawng Dou says:

    Thanks! Today’s believes don’t keep eyes on Jesus! I really get the word from this post.

  2. David Barnfield says:

    Excellent, encouraging study. We are living in troubled times so I used this as the bones for my Life Group and we had a very good time of learning to focus on Jesus and His Word when circumstances and tribulations come. I am sure those who studied this Psalm with me tonight are stronger for the battles ahead. Thank you so much. Every blessing David. Preston United Kingdom

  3. Freddie D.Garson says:

    Fix our eyes to Jesus,
    We need to surrender our life to God…….and live a Christian life…

  4. Freddie D.Garson says:

    Good or bad

  5. Geraldine says:

    When I first prayed to God on the BGEA. I felt the strong presents of God. I want to never forget and always feel God's presents everyday. God Bless you all.Geraldine

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you Geraldine for your comments on feeling God’s presence. It is a wonderful reminder to me to be able to keep Jesus in my mind while I am involved in conversations, tasks or situations. God is always there, but sometimes I am so focused on my goal that I do not touch base with Him as regularly as I should. God Bless you as well! Sarah

  6. Jesu says:

    Only hope is God….yesterday and forever. Amen

  7. Lori says:

    Thank you for this word. Fixing our eyes upon Jesus is the only way. My job has fell back to 13 hrs. a week, I suffer from a chronic illness, and I am alone. I have no security outside of the Lord.

    1. Sarah says:

      Lori, Thank you for your faith! The stress, fear, guilt and abuse from my childhood and then in my marriage escalated my illness and limited my ability to work. When my father and husband worked they paid the bills, my doctor’s and med’s copays. Since 12/31/2012, Jesus and I have been managing my illness without them or anyone’s help, and trying to keep me working in order to survive financially. Jesus has proven that He can accomplish anything through me and for me; Jesus has my back; and He will never leave me alone. The Lord shows me that He is the only security I will need. I’ve lived out of my van, have a roof over my head now, and am practicing how to live out of my van when I pick health care over rent for my survival. Alleluia!

  8. ANTONY RAJ says:

    Thank you for the way you relate the verse by verse connection between God and us. Really wonderful as it instills enornous encouragement.

  9. Rebecca says:

    I am in a storm… My 26 year old son took his own life on January 4, 2013. He was a pastor of a church…fully grounded in God's word… yet was deeply saddened due to devastating family circumstances. He ran to Jesus…

  10. Brian says:

    Thank you so much for having this bible study. Please continue to have them as it gave me so much peace! I felt the Lord's love that I needed to feel! GOD bless you Pastor! I love you!