Where are you looking?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
(Acts 1:11 (NIV))

I realize that it wasn’t too long ago that I wrote about this passage, but I feel compelled to share more on this topic.

Far too few of those who profess a faith in Jesus actually look to the future. We only have enough faith to believe what is written about the past. We focus on the certainty of the past. Perhaps we even look to our daily lives and cling to God’s Word to help us through this physical world, but we fail to look to the future with a faith that clings to the promises that are yet to be fulfilled.

What type of faith is that?

We only believe the fulfilled historical aspects of our faith, and what we can learn from the past. We want to be able to point to something and clearly see God’s plans as they unfolded, yet we fail to see them unfolding right before our eyes. We even fail to have faith that His plans and promises will unfold.

How many times have you heard preachers teach through books of the Bible and concentrate on how we can learn to live our lives from these stories and examples?

How many times have you heard preachers teach on His return and the glorious promises still to come?

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(John 10:10b (NIV))

Have you ever contemplated the possibility of the fullness of life actually referring to eternal life in heaven and not just the possibilities of a better life on this earth? We spend too much time looking at today. We spend some time looking back at what God has done, but we don’t spend enough time focusing on His unfulfilled promises.

His best is yet to come!

When we look back, we learn. When we look at today, we live out each moment in faith. When we look to the future, we cling to God’s promises that are as of yet unfulfilled.

Where are you looking?

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