Gospel Meditations: The Life-Giving Look

10 07 2015

imageWe’ve all, at one time or another, gotten “the look.” Most of us have probably given “the look” to someone else. What is “the look?” “The look” can best be described as the “you’re about to die” look, given to us from someone who is upset with us for whatever reason. My two year old even has “the look.” Yep, I’ve seen it and I’ve been on the wrong end of it. Thankfully she’s two and with her I just laugh in the face of “the look.” The truth is that our looks often communicate to others what we’re thinking or feeling and maybe sometimes can clue others into what we’re about to do. Looks are powerful and there is a powerful look that’s talked about in the Bible. In fact, God invites us to look to Him with this certain look. Here it is,

Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭45‬:‭22‬ NKJV)

Rather than “the look” of death, God invites us into what I will call “the look” of life. This look brings salvation. For the unbeliever this look is the look of faith that brings salvation from sin and new life. For the one who is saved it can bring renewal of life and fellowship with God. For the downcast it brings salvation from our despondency. For the discouraged it sweeps away our despair and brings life-giving hope. For the lonely it brings the comforting presence of God. For the hurting it brings the sweet relief of our hurts. For the grieving this look invites the peace of God. Salvation belongs to the Lord! When we look to the Lord with the look of faith He is there and ready to meet us where we are in life.

This look is not for a select few, but there is a universal invitation to look to the Lord. It’s not just Israel that is able to look, but the invitation is for everyone. The gates are open. The path is clear. The way of salvation is made straight. The means of salvation is defined. Look to the Lord all you ends of the earth and you will be saved. You don’t have to be rich to look. You don’t have to be good looking to look. You don’t have to dress a certain way. Just look! God loves it when we humble ourselves and look to Him with the look of faith.

But why should we look to the Lord? Why not look to someone else? Why not cast our gaze in another direction? There is no question that we often do these very things. We often look in the wrong direction and to the wrong person or people. We often misplace our trust is material and temporal things to save us. However when we look the Lord we are looking to the One who is Lord of our circumstance. In fact, our circumstance passed through His hands before it ever entered our existence. So why wouldn’t we look to Him? Why wouldn’t we trust Him? After all, He is God and there is no other. This look of faith is grounded in the sovereign Lordship of our creator. We can trust Him…so look and live today!

“O God, I bless thee for the happy moment when I first saw thy law fulfilled in Christ

wrath appeased, death destroyed, sin forgiven, my soul saved.

Ever since, thou hast been faithful to me: daily have I proved the power of Jesus blood,

daily have I known the strength of the Spirit, my teacher, director, sanctifier.

I want no other rock to build upon than that I have, desire no other Hope than that of gospel truth,

Need no other look than that which gazes on the cross.” (Bennett, Arthur, “The Valley of Vision”, The Life Look, pg 54)



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