God’s Word for Today: Look. This word is difficult to say without including a hand gesture. Typically, when you exclaim “look”, your finger is pointing in correspondence with your voice. How many remember the little ditty, long before there were Facebook memes, of; “Look up…… look down……… look all around…… look at my thumb…… gee your dumb.” Probably not the kindest poem in the world, but it was sure fun to have someone go through all the motions as you pointed up and down and all around. I believe my cousins were the first ones I released this humor on. I wonder if that blurb is still practiced today. I will have to try it out on some grandkids.
Then you have look used as a description for a person. He is good looking. She’s got the look, (isn’t that a song?). Looking good. And even a looking glass used to check your looks.
The most famous look, in my book of looks, is “the look”. I have an inherent habit of drawing out “the look” from many a person. Typically, it is when my mouth over runneth. I don’t know why I have a natural talent for drawing “the look” from people. I really mean no harm with my words. Eventually though, I spew out some statement meant for good fun and it is received as a not so brilliant use of words. I then receive the “if looks could kill” type look. You know “the look” I am talking about. It is the one where the contributor of “the look” eyes bore a whole right through you’re the inner recesses of your mind. It is “the look” that tells you, there is maybe one slim chance you are going to talk your way out of the trouble you unknowingly unleashed. I am positive that somewhere in their upbringing, young ladies are secretly taught by their mothers on the skill of giving “the look”. Many a strong man has been shrunk to the invalid state by “the look”. I will admit though, the strongest “the look” was one my Dad would deliver. He didn’t have to even say a word. When you got “the look”, correction of actions was immediately exercised.
I hope you appreciate the humor I am attempting to include with today’s word. With the utmost respect and adoration, I salute “the look”.
Psalm 39:7. “But no, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”
We can spend our lives looking, searching, trying to find what; perfection, joy, happiness, peace, tranquility, fun? So many things to look for, so little time. It is like looking for that lost set of keys that magically disappeared right when you were already running late for an important, whatever. You look and look and look. Typically, you look in the same place 3 or 4 times where you know the keys should be. Isn’t it funny how a person does that? It is like your mind expects the keys to show up right were you are positive you left them. The first place you look seems to be the same place you keep coming back to over and over. And then, you acquire some assistance. And where do you have them look first? The exact same spot you have already checked over and over and over.
How many have had their life follow that same path? You are in desperate search of something. There is something missing in your life. For some reason you keep looking in the same spot. You know that spot is empty. You know that spot is useless. But, you keep being drawn like a perpetual yoyo to that same place that has given you nothing in return. Been there, done that. Maybe if I just looked to that bad habit, that bad addiction, that bad guilt, that bad whatever, one more time, the results will be different. Sooner or later, you are going to wake up and realize that to look in the same spot, no matter how many times, is going to come up with the same result. Empty.
Today, try to look somewhere new. Maybe it is somewhere you looked a long time ago, but have been distracted for like ever. Maybe you have wanted to look there, but have a thousand excuses for not giving it a look. Or, you were taught to look there, but your independence has you looking elsewhere. It is time to look to God. So many good things to look forward to:
Psalm 25:18. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
Psalm 34:5. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 105:4. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 118:7. The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
Psalm 119:153. Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.
Proverbs 4:25. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Psalm 112:8. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
1 Chronicles 16:11. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Prayer: Dearest Lord, to you I should be looking. Forgive me for all the time I have spent looking elsewhere. Today God, I look to you. Nowhere else have I found what I am looking for. Thank you for waiting for me Lord. I now look to you. I need a lot of help Lord. In Jesus’, who showed me where to look, name I pray. Amen.