Where to Look

          If we live in a city, any one of us would be hard pressed to look in any direction without seeing some sort of advertisement. Marketing gurus have found a way to shout at us from every conceivable angle. Billboards, bus benches, license plate frames, cereal boxes, the backs of ticket stubs, the reverse side of sales receipts, ink pens, refrigerator magnets, key chains, and on, and on, and on. Everywhere our eyes turn, something screams, “Use me, try me, buy me, call me, and hit my website.” If we took the advice of every prompt that popped into view, we’d quickly be headed to the poor house with a truck load of stuff we probably never needed in the first place.

         How do we sort through all the madness thrown at us each day? God answers with His own advertisement:

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

         In a world of advertising eye candy and marketing pizzazz, God simply says for us to look to Him and be “yasha” – that’s Hebrew for “to be safe, free, helped, rescued, and delivered.” In other words, looking to God in every area of our lives leads to victory. The chorus of an old hymn by William Ogden and Beatrice Brown (© 1957) says it simply:

  •  Look and live, my brother life;
  • Look to Jesus now and life;
  • It’s recorded in His word, Hallelujah,
  • And it’s only that you look and live.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.



~ by sanewriter on November 21, 2011.

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