A Better Way
I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. - Malachi 3:6
Let me be honest. Too many of you travel through life basing every decision you make upon how you feel and what you experience. You don’t study God’s Word, and you spend very little time talking and listening to the Lord. Consequently, you don’t know much about the Good Shepherd who is expecting you to follow Him, no matter how you feel and regardless of your circumstances.
Now let me give you some encouragement. If you place your focus squarely upon Christ and you try to see things around you as He would, it will become second nature to look to Him and depend upon Him rather than yourself. And you won’t get lost when you walk through dark seasons of life. Jesus will be your unshakable strength. And your focused gaze upon Him will keep you from altering your direction due to momentary discomfort–and from drifting off into spiritual shipwreck!
In a world that is endlessly fickle and fleeting, God is an immovable Rock.
Our faith, when focused on the true God, will not be shaken by adversity or unexpected turbulence. As long as we hold tightly to Him by faith—trusting in His goodness and love—we can come through pain and struggle with a deeper and richer relationship with Jesus, rather than a strained faith resulting from a prolonged failure to seek the one true God.
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” -J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.