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Take Your Eyes off the Problem

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  Isaiah 26:3 NLT

take your eyes off the problem“Take your eyes off the problem,” God whispered.

The waves rose higher and higher as they rushed toward the shore. I stood at the water’s edge and dug my toes into the sand. The waves threatened to take me under as I fixed my eyes on them—just like the circumstances that had invaded my life.

But as I watched the intimidating wall of water get closer, a strange thing happened. It quickly flattened and rolled up on the sand, its power left in the ocean.

If only my problems could dissipate just as quickly, I thought.

Then I heard a gentle whisper. They can.

Shortly afterward, I read these words by Sarah Young in Jesus Calling: “Circumstances around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in the distance. Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes. By the time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of My design. I am always beside you helping you face today’s waves. The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future! Stay close to me.” ~Jesus

Problems come and go, just like the waves, and the Enemy will always make them look bigger than they are. His goal is to get our focus off the Lord so he can steal our peace. But the Word says God will keep in perfect peace all who trust Him and keep their thoughts fixed on Him.

The Message says, “People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, steady on their feet.”

When the waves threaten to take you under, take your eyes off the problem. Turn them toward heaven and trust the Lord to keep you whole and steady.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.