|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
Our Bible verse for today: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “Stay focused on the Lord”
Last Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist Church I preached a sermon from Matthew 14:22-36. It was about Jesus walking on water in the middle of a storm on the Sea of Galilee and how it was that in faith, Peter climbed out of the boat and walked on water with Jesus – for a few moments. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine; but the moment he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused once again on the storm that was raging all around him, he began to sink and Jesus had to reach out and save him or he would have drowned. The point of the sermon was that in the middle of the storm you need to keep your eyes on Jesus. If you would like to watch and listen to that sermon you can do so on our website at www.oakhillbaptist.net. Just click on “Watch/Listen”.
Little did I know at that time that within days my family and I would be going through a storm in our lives, and that our own faith was about to be tested. As I revealed in the last devotional, we just found out that our daughter Tracy has terminal cancer and doesn’t have long to live. I immediately flew to San Diego to bring her home to Tennessee to be with us for the last few weeks or months of her life. This is a storm we didn’t expect and for which we have few answers. But Jesus does have the answers and so we’re keeping our eyes, our minds, and our hearts firmly fixed on Him.
The great devotional writer Oswald Chambers once shared some thoughts about situations like this. He wrote: “It is one thing to say “fret not”, but a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able to fret not. It sounds so easy to talk about “resting in the Lord” and “waiting patiently for Him” until the nest is upset … is it possible then to rest in the Lord?”
In and of ourselves, Linda and I do not have the disposition to “fret not”. Left to ourselves we will worry and fret over a thousand things, and then a thousand more. It’s the Lord who enables us in our situation, and you in yours, to “fret not”. As Isaiah said and as Peter learned, the Lord keeps us at peace when our eyes and mind and heart remain fixed on Him.
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