- Stacey Darling
Shift Your Focus
Over the weekend, I was feeling disheartened because I was focused on the resources and materials that I don’t have and the fact that we aren’t in a place financially where I can order or purchase things on a whim.
This thought pattern left the door open for the enemy to convince me that I should stop refinishing furniture and that it wasn’t the right time to continue this venture. He was badgering me with the idea that I had misunderstood what the Lord had placed in my heart and that I had made a mistake by putting myself out there.
The Lord, however, did not allow these thoughts to take root. I could sense the Lord was instructing me to shift my focus. But with all of the commotion that was going on inside of my head, I felt like I needed Him to send me some assurance that He was actually speaking to me. I wanted to be able to decipher what the Lord was really trying to tell me. So that is what I asked Him for in prayer.
Out of love, He answered my prayer. While praying and asking Him to send me some scripture for better understanding and assurance, I received a devotional in my email entitled, “Recognize What You Have.”
“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.” 1 Samuel 17:50
There was no doubt in my mind that this was the assurance that I had prayed for and I knew that He was telling me that I have everything I need in Him. If God can equip a young shepherd boy to defeat a giant with nothing more than a slingshot and a stone, I know He can equip me with everything that I need to do His will.
“May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory forever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 13:21
My focus had been on the wrong things. The Lord reminded me that my focus should always be on my Him, His love for me, His plans for me and His divine power. This is true for all of His children.
“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.” Hebrews 12:2