The Rock Eternal

 

 

 

I attended a program this afternoon for graduating seniors from a local high school.

One of the speakers talked about Peter walking on the water toward Jesus.

She brought out the point that when Peter began to take his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink.

And how does that apply to us?

When we allow the troubles of our lives to draw us away from looking at Jesus, we can begin to "sink," as well.

I know what it’s like when I start to sink:

Worry creeps in.

Hope fades.

Regret looms large around me.

Then, it happens—"WHAT AM I DOING IN THE WATER?!"  is the cry of my thoughts, only the actual words are different.

They would sound more like this, if they were ever uttered:

"How could I have been so foolish."

"This was my fault."

"Why aren’t the people I love making good decisions?"

"I can’t help anyone because my own life is in such disarray!"

At this point, it’s quite likely that my eyes have strayed.

Strayed away from looking straight ahead–at Jesus.

If my mind is steadfast because I am trusting in Jesus through whatever might be going on, I won’t find myself sinking.

Through the power of Jesus working in me, I will be peaceful instead of anxious; calm instead of distressed.

 

 

You will keep in perfect peace
    him whose mind is steadfast,
    because he trusts in you.
 Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

—Isaiah 26:3-4

 

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