Abraham’s lifelong journey of faith in the book of Genesis begins with God saying, “Abraham, go from your country and your father’s house to the land I will show you.” At one moment in his journey when Abraham could have easily become discouraged and felt he was at a disadvantage, God said to him, “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” (Genesis 13:14–15). For that promise from God, Abraham had to lift his eyes.
I love the phrase “Lift your eyes” because the lifted eyes became the theme of Abraham’s life. God knew that Abraham could easily get his eyes on the difficult things and give up on the journey. When Abraham lifted his eyes, he could see beyond the obstacles and challenges and begin to see his destiny unfold, begin to see what God wanted to do in his life. He wanted Abraham to realize that the process he was going through was what would make him into the man of faith that God called him to be.
You are on a journey of faith. If you’re going to experience the fullness of God’s promises, you have to develop the ability to see beyond where you are right now. It’s easy to get stuck in a problem. It’s easy to see what didn’t work out, what didn’t happen, the mistakes you’ve made, what someone else did to you. It becomes difficult to see the next step sometimes. But when you take your eyes off the problems that are trying to hold you back, you can put them on the promises of God. That’s how you’re going to rise above where you are right now.
The writer of Hebrews says, “We inherit the promises of God through faith and patience” (Hebrews 6:12). If you find yourself consumed with a problem today, if you’re going through a transition in your life, if you’re wondering how something is going to work out, it’s time to lift your eyes from the problem and set your eyes on the promises. You have to realize that beyond where you are there are greater heights, greater victories, greater strengths, and greater anointings. It’s time to shift your perspective to God’s promises. I believe that if you won’t get stuck, if you won’t settle where you are, if you continue the process through faith and patience, you will see God’s faithfulness and provision. You will see His promises and come to know God in a way you have never known before. You will become everything God wants you to be.