Focus on God

     There is a very interesting text found in the Old Testament book of Numbers, where God's wrath was poured out on Israel in the wilderness. The result was a leanness of soul that is reiterated in Psalm 106:15. This leanness of soul represents what happens when we do not recognize that what God has for us is better than what we can hope for ourselves. Like a child who says he does not like his vegetables. No matter how good a vegetable is, he refuses to eat it. Rather than being nourished by it he would rather starve than submit to what is good for him. The children of Israel were testing God's grace and love, and it resulted in their lack of focus on God. Instead, they were trapped with desires other than God's desire which would lead them to their ultimate inheritance. The Hebrew translates “greedy desires,” as “they craved intensely.” (Psalm 106:14) The point is they were being controlled by their desires because they believed the delusion that happiness comes in having one's wants met. This shows how we are easily and wrongly influenced when we are not personally in touch with the Lord. A wrong focus can get us into deep trouble.

     Do you stumble because of desires? Do you have a wrong focus when it comes to God's extended plan for you? Is it hard for you to wait on the Lord? Paul makes it clear to us that we should not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.(2 Corinthians 4:18) Let's examine the potential problem here and see if our waiting process is more effective when we have a right focus on what God wants for us.