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"Too Low!"

February 2, 2003

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Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

Some people do not look high enough. This is tragic. Think what happens when we look too low. If we look only at our troubles, our difficulties, our problems, our sicknesses, our trials, we shall finally throw up our hands in despair. The troubles of life will loom so large that we shall lose courage and say, "What's the use?"

The secret of the Christian life is to look up. "I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." When we lift our gaze above the troubles of life and look up to the Lord, we find new strength and courage. As we lift up our eyes, we see the almighty God, who is also our loving heavenly Father. We lift up our eyes "to the hills," particularly the hills of Calvary, and see the great love of God as He gave His only Son to die for our sins and to accomplish our eternal salvation. We lift up our eyes and see the Good Shepherd leading us every step of the way through life until we reach heaven.

Let us not look too low! Rather hour after hour and day after day let us lift up our eyes to the Lord. So shall we find the burdens of life lighter and the strength inside us greater!

PRAYER: Lord, we lift up our eyes always to see you, our Father, through Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 39-40    Matthew 21:23-46

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