Fresh Hope – 6th February 2017

Psalm 121 v 1 ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth.’

As we look to the year ahead, we can start to plan what we’d like to happen or change, where to go on holiday, what could change job-wise, who we’d like to meet etc. We can easily look to circumstances as a solution and a natural progression in our lives. This makes perfect sense! And yet this psalm tells us not to look to the obvious for help.

The hills represents worldly strength, or the logical place of help; e.g. you have a health issue – look for a doctor. You need more money – look for a pay rise at work. You’re lonely – look at getting a pet.

It makes sense in life to look for help in the obvious places, yet this psalm encourages us to look up past the hills and to the Creator of the hills.

He is where our help truly comes from, and He wants you to trust in Him, to look to Him as provider. God loves it when He sees His children choose Him over the easier, more logical solutions to their problems.

This also then encourages us in our needs to actually see them as opportunities! An opening for us through faith to make Gods’s day by looking to Him – the maker of the Heavens and the Earth.

I encourage you this year to look to God in every area of your life. It doesn’t mean we forsake helping ourselves where we can, but it’s learning to put hope in Him – not just needs being met. You will, as long as you’re alive, have a need that needs to be met.

Also, when we look to Him for our help, it takes pressure off our jobs and relationships. We stop seeing our job as the only possible provider of cash and achievement; we stop seeing relationships as the only place we get acceptance.

Shift your focus today and put your hope in Him.

‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.’

Luke Cartwright

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