Looking to the Son!

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

Alexander the Great lived from 356 BC to 323 BC.  He succeeded his father, Phillip II, to the throne.  By the age of 30, he had created one of the largest empires in the world.  He was never defeated in battle, and is known as one of history’s most successful commanders.

There is a story told about him when he was young.  It seems his father had heard of a magnificent horse, and Alexander and his father went to see this horse and purchase the fine animal.

The horse was truly a fine specimen, but at times was unmanageable.  Alexander then noticed something.  He walked up to the horse, and then proceeded to lead the horse around the area with the horse under his total control.

His father wanted to know how he was able to tame such an unruly animal.  Alexander said that he noticed the horse was afraid of his own shadow.  So as long as he could keep the horse turned toward the sun, he couldn’t see his shadow, and the horse was no longer afraid.

Are there “shadows” you are afraid of?  Is there some “dark cloud” that keeps you from accomplishing what God intended for you?  Are you turned toward the Son?

Keeping oneself facing the right direction, looking to Jesus for the way, for the strength, for the right answers, will calm those fears.  When you let the love of Jesus shine down on you, His Light chases away the darkness and puts those shadows behind you.  Looking toward the Son will give you a confidence to face anything that comes your way.  When you turn your back on Jesus, all you see in front of you is the world.  And trying to survive it without Jesus can create fear in anyone!

So, are you going through life with the Son at your back and seeing the darkness around you?  Or are you looking up at the Son to let His love conquer all fears?

© 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey

April 26, 2014