Bishop Meditations (1)

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

by Archbishop Foley Beach

We pray the Lord will encourage you with this latest installment as our Archbishop reminds us of the importance of looking to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in times of change and transition.

A pandemic is a very serious event to live through. None of us have ever lived in a time when the world has faced such a humanitarian crisis.  The challenges before us are immense. From our families and neighbors to the wider Church throughout the Province and the Global Church, we are having testing and trials like never before.

The Lord has kept me in several passages of Scriptures during these times.  One of them is 2 Chronicles 20:12.  Jehoshaphat is the king and he has discovered that his kingdom is about to be attacked by the Moabites and the Ammonites. In Chapter 20 we are told that Jehoshaphat is afraid, he sets his face toward the Lord, he calls for a fast, and he assembles the people before the Lord to pray.  In verse 12, he prays: For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.

“Jesus has asked us all to follow him, and sometimes the only way to follow is by keeping our eyes on him.  We so often want to look down and see where our feet are stepping; he wants us to keep our eyes on him.”

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Three things in this petition spoke to me and perhaps to us.

  1. For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. Have you felt powerless against this virus which has turned the world upside down? Have you felt powerless against the upheaval and horde of changes coming our way because of the Covid-19? I have.
  2. We do not know what to do. For those of us who like to have a plan and often provide solutions to the challenges befalling us, not knowing what to do is quite difficult. Sometimes, as leaders, we do not know what to do. It is difficult to see the opportunities in the complications. This is where I have been many times in the past few weeks.
  3. But our eyes are on you. Jehoshaphat knew that this is the key to facing the hordes coming against us. Keeping our eyes on the Lord and following him.  Jesus has asked us all to follow him, and sometimes the only way to follow is by keeping our eyes on him.  We so often want to look down and see where our feet are stepping; he wants us to keep our eyes on him.

Psalm 142:3 says: When my spirit faints within me, You know my way!

Proverbs 3:5,6 says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.

The Lord says in Psalm 32:8:  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Let us be people who follow Jesus Christ in season and out of season, in good times and bad times, in famine, pestilence, and civil discord.  Let us keep our eyes upon Him, the Good Shepherd of the sheep, and follow as He leads.

3 replies added

  1. Elizabeth Salazar April 29, 2020 Reply

    Thank you for your wonderful reminder to keep our eyes upon Jesus. As the hymn says , “and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his power and grace.

  2. CAROLINE BENSON April 30, 2020 Reply

    Thank u. This was what I needed. JER 17:17. “thou art my hope in the day of evil.” Thank u again for being “with me” in this technology, which isn’t always Godly. Peace and grace.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through the process of electing a new bishop in the Anglican diocese of the Southwest. May God’s grace and peace be upon those who will participate in the election.

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