See the Salvation!

by Lester Young

Have you ever caught yourself looking at something you’re not supposed to be looking at? Let me go ahead and answer that for you: “Yes, you have!” I have, too. Frankly, we all have, and I’ll prove it to you. Have you ever worried about something – anything – for more than, oh, say, ninety seconds; and you couldn’t come up with a suitable answer to the question that just kept pounding its way back and forth across your brain, “What am I gonna do about [ insert problem name here ]?” Sound familiar?

If that’s ever (ever!) happened to you, then you too have been “caught looking.” Looking at what? At the problem. “Well, of course I’m looking at the problem; how else am I going to solve it?” And, that logic seems completely reasonable, doesn’t it? At least, to the natural mind and its thinking processes. But, you know, God doesn’t want His children operating that way, not even a little bit. (Sidebar: Have you ever noticed that pretty much all God’s ways of doing things are different from the world’s methods? And not just different, but 180-degrees opposite? I guess 1 Corinthians 1:27 explains it best, by saying that God chose the very things this world considers foolish to confound it; and, likewise, 1 Corinthians 1:20, which declares that God has turned the normal wisdom of this world into utter foolishness.) He doesn’t want us studying the problem; He wants us looking at the solution.

In 2 Chronicles 20, the kingdom of Judah found itself facing a vast army, so large in number that King Jehoshaphat had absolutely no idea what to do about it (verse12). So, needless to say, they busted out in prayer and fasting. Of course, the LORD responded, but He didn’t tell them to spend a lot of time checking out their own army’s size, nor any other aspect of the problem at hand. No, He told them to “see the salvation of the LORD with you.” In other words, God said to them, “Don’t waste time studying the problem; fix your eyes on why you’ve got the victory!

See the salvation! When bringing Israel into their Promised Land, God told them, “Behold [Look! See! Take note of this!]: I’ve set the land before you: go in and possess [it]…” (Deuteronomy 1:8). And, He told Joshua, “See, I’ve given Jericho into your hand, with its king and all the mighty men of valor” (Joshua 6:2). God directed them to look at, focus on and consider above anything else the promises He’d made to them, promises of deliverance and victory.

See the salvation! “But, the only way to do that is by imagining it. Is that what you’re saying I should do?” Exactly! Listen, who do you think gave you an imagination? The same Person that gave you eyes, ears, a sense of humor and everything else – your Heavenly Maker. But, He didn’t give it to you to think about how other people look with their clothes off, or how great it might feel (if only for a moment) to run over the idiot who just cut you off on the highway. No, God provided you with an imagination to “see yourself” in possession of His promises and living squarely in the middle of His blessings. Remember the ‘picture’ God gave to Abram? “And He brought him outside, and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if you’re able to number them:’ and [God] said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be'” (Genesis 15:5). God told Abram to study that picture and think about all those kids he was gonna have.

See the salvation! Place your eyes, your mind, your attention, your entire focus on God’s promises – His Word to you. Don’t ever forget that they come with a blood oath. The Lord Jesus’ job as our High Priest is to see to it that this New Covenant is brought into fruition in our lives (Hebrews 12:24). But we have to use our faith for it – we have to believe it, speak it and act as if it’s true (Hebrews 3:1, 4:14). We can’t spend our thought-life worrying over our problems. As a matter of fact, we’ve been explicitly commanded what to do with all those cares and anxieties – and it’s not ‘hold onto them and carry them around with you’ (1 Peter 5:7).

See the salvation! Take some time and think about just how much God loves you personally (John 17:23). Picture yourself fully healed, fully delivered and abundantly provided for. Imagine how great it is to have the wherewithal to be a blessing to somebody else. Stop paying attention to the problem that’s facing you. Just go ahead and pull your eyes off of it, and put them on God’s promises of grace, kindness and salvation to you through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6-7). You don’t have to worry about Him going back on His Word. Focus, focus, focus on what He’s said He’ll do for you…See the Salvation!

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