Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

(Refrain)

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

(Refrain)

Words & Music: Hel­en H. Lem­mel, 1922

This hymn came to mind yesterday as I was reading something else, and I found that I could only remember the chorus, not the verses, so I had to go look it up.  I think I like the chorus best, which probably explains why that was the part I remember.

We say that we walk by faith and not by sight, but that refers to physical sight.  I sometimes like to think that in “looking to Jesus” (Hebrews 12) in our mind’s eye, we do see, but perhaps that’s all that faith is, really.  Faith is the means by which we can look beyond the world around us to see what God is doing and to become a part of God’s work.

Through faith, we focus on Jesus, and as the things of earth grow less important, strangely enough I think they become easier to deal with.  Kind of ironic, but there it is.   As long as we look at the world and worry about what we’re doing, our walk will be hard, but when we look to Jesus, we won’t even notice the boulders we’re climbing because we’re so intent on Him.

Isn’t that how we usually get through tough challenges?  Keeping our eyes on the prize?  Let’s do less worrying about the day to day and instead rejoice over that great day that’s coming.  Sing it with me:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace!

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