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“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
Snares take different shapes and forms:
comparison, fear of man, inferiority, and insecurity.
Comparison leads to ineffectiveness because we think there’s no room for us.
Fear of man paralyzes and we find ourselves unable to step into
the purpose God has for us.
Inferiority robs us of our identity because we fail to see that God calls us own.
Insecurity places our security in ourselves, which is as secure as the shifting sand.
Freedom is found when we fix our eyes on the Lord.
Give us eyes to see God in his splendor, truth, wisdom, and beauty.
If we accustom our hearts to comparing ourselves to others or letting their opinions drive wedges of fear into our heart, it causes us to see God through a cynical lens. If people criticize, then we see God as critical. If people conditionally extend their approval and affection, then God appears conditional and unreliable.
Separating God’s character from people’s nature displays a great step towards growth and maturity. People are finite and will disappoint, but God is infinite and his understanding has no limits that no one can fathom. Once we place God in his proper place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and stop trying to make Him equal with man, we begin to see Him for who He is.
He is mighty.
He is gentleness.
He is strength for our days.
He is compassionate in our weaknesses.
He is just and merciful.
He is our warrior who fights for us and He is the father who holds us close.
There is no one like God.
And as we fix our eyes on Him throughout the challenges and victories of this life, we see Him clearly.
And He releases us from the snares that trap us.
Heavenly Father, we come to you with blind eyes asking that you would open them to see you in all your love, faithfulness, kindness, and mercy. Comparison, insecurity, fear of man, and inferiority cut into the person you’ve created us to become. They’re snares that prevent us from taking the steps toward you that we need to take. Open our eyes so that we may see and as we see we are set free.
In Jesus name, Amen.