“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8, NLT Jeremiah 17:7-8 reminds us that when we put our hope and confidence in God we can withstand difficult seasons, and in fact we can still thrive. It is important to realise we are going to feel uncomfortable and unpleasant emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger and confusion, which are often directly linked to our circumstances. God never promised that if we just trust him ‘enough’ that we will never feel a single negative emotion again. For better or worse, emotions are a part of being human and it is healthy and important to allow ourselves to feel them. However, God doesn’t leave us to dwell in our emotion soup - instead he invites us to fix our eyes on Him and to place our hope and our confidence in the fact that He is far greater than any situation we face or emotion we are experiencing. When we do that we are able to act from a place of confidence in God, rather than a place of fear and anxiety. And as we act from that place we are able to continue the work that God has put before us for that day and yield the good fruit that comes from loving God and loving his people. The first verse and chorus of the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” reads: O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace. “Turning your eyes upon Jesus” can take many forms. For some it might be reading the bible and reminding yourself of God’s promises, for others it could be listening to a worship song or taking in the incredible creation that surrounds us. Maybe it is spending time in prayer thanking God for what he has done, or perhaps it is doing a practical task that blesses another person. Whatever it looks like, in this season of uncertainty, let’s turn our eyes to Jesus and place our confidence in the knowledge that He is in control and is bigger than anything we could ever come up against. As we continue to do this we will inevitably find that fear and anxiety dim in the light of His glory and grace. Click here to listen to Lauren Daigle’s version of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
Siobhán leads our amazing welcome team C3 Church. She has a heart and passion for building community and sharing the love and freedom she has found in knowing Jesus.