Keeping our eyes on God

I’ve been meditation on Zechariah 3:1-10 for several weeks. 

Zechariah 3:1-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

Vision of the High Priest

3 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”

3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.
4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.”
So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.

The Coming Branch

6 Then the Angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘If you will walk in My ways,
And if you will keep My command,
Then you shall also judge My house,
And likewise have charge of My courts;
I will give you places to walk
Among these who stand here.
8 ‘Hear, O Joshua, the high priest,
You and your companions who sit before you,
For they are a wondrous sign;
For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.
9 For behold, the stone
That I have laid before Joshua:
Upon the stone are seven eyes.
Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
10 In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts,
‘Everyone will invite his neighbor
Under his vine and under his fig tree.’”
 
Today as I was thinking on it, I was reminded of Elijah and Jezebel and how Jezebel’s threats caused Elijah to panic and run.
 
How many times do we take our eyes off of God when someone speaks evil about us, or to us, puts us down?  What would happen if we kept our eyes on  God during those times?  Would we remember His love for us?  If we did something wrong, would we repent quickly, never taking our eyes off Him? 
 
I think Elijah’s attitude would have been so different had he looked at God, instead of running away in fear from Jezebel.  He would have seen himself as God sees him, a servant of the most high God.  He wouldn’t have cared if he was the only prophet or one of several hundred.  His goal was to please God.  Instead and as it it with us humans, God took Elijah on a journey for several days and taught him many things.  It was not a punshiment for Elijah, it was more of a learning experience so that he would know for next time.
 
When we look at God we remember His name.  Psalms 91:14 is His promise what He will do:
 
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
 
 
Remember His name.  When you  look Him during those times remember that you have a personal knowledge of His mercy, love and kindness, and that you can trust on rely on Him and God will never forsake you. Heb 13:5 even states that.
 
So today when someone said something to you negativitly, cuts you down, look at Him.  He sees you with mercy and love and kindness. 
 
 
 

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