“We become what we behold…” – unknown
What does it mean to behold? Or to behold your God? One definition that I am particularly drawn to states that to behold means to gaze upon. A few others synonyms for behold are to see, to recognize, to discern, to fathom.
How exactly do we behold our God? How do we see Him? Recognize Him? Gaze upon Him? And why exactly do we want or need to behold our God?
I believe that many of the reasons we should gaze upon our Savior are found right inside His Word. God’s Word is full of admonition for looking to Jesus, fixing our eyes upon Him and meditating on His Word day and night.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Hebrews 12:1-3
To gaze upon our Savior we look at Him. We learn more of Him. We desire to know Him more. We desire for Him to increase and our own selves to decrease.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” Joshua 1:8
The more we meditate upon His Word, the more we know Him. By meditating on His Word I simply mean reading, studying, pondering and praying throughout our days with the words of God Himself.
I challenge and encourage you to consider for a few moments what exactly you are beholding and gazing upon. Because, dear friends, we are fixing our eyes and hearts upon something! Are we more focused on our problems or on God? Are we looking around us at what others are doing and falling short in our own minds? Or are we fixing our eyes on Jesus who is the author of our story?
What are you beholding today?
Praying the Scriptures
Lord, may Your Word not depart from my mouth, my heart, my mind and my soul. Help me moment by moment to preach the gospel to my own heart, to speak words of truth to my own soul, to replace the lies of the enemy with the truth of Your Word. Help me to meditate upon You…to behold You in all Your glory.