I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved (Ps 16:8)~ When we hurt, we focus on the pain; when we’re at a loss, we focus on what is not there; when something’s wrong, we focus on it. Where does this really have a positive impact? One of the great human strengths is our ability to impact or be impacted by what we focus on. So WHY focus on pain, things that are amiss or things that are going wrong. Why target difficult times and allow them to shake us? What if we were to focus on God’s help in difficult times, His presence that keeps us safe and gladdens our hearts? What if we fixed our attention on Him rather than our problems? What if day and night we stuck with God? From Jesus, we have received the promise of his continual presence: “I am with you always, even to the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). So there is never a question of whether the Lord is with us or not. But there is a question about whether we fix our attention on this wonderful reality or not. How easy it is for us to live as if God is distant. How easily we focus our minds on our problems and challenges, forgetting to keep the Lord before our eyes. When we choose to live in light of the truth of God’s persistent presence, then we will be reassured against difficult times. We will not be shaken by the inevitable disappointments and detours of life. We will stand firm in the midst of opposition and suffering. We will find the strength to press on in service to God as we live for His kingdom in this world. Instead of focusing on your problems and keeping them in front of you; keep aware of God’s presence today! Set the Lord before you continually! It’s easy to say “Praise the Lord when life is good, but will you remember Him when life gets hard?? Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth (Col 3:2); Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isa 26:3) – Fix Your Focus on Faith till the Finish!