Don’t Drift Away

The danger of distraction and disinterest

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I’ve lived near an ocean most of my life—in Southern California, the Visayan region of the Philippines, and now in NE Florida. I’m familiar with the power of currents and tides.

Solid footing, secure moorings, and anchors are needed to prevent a person or a vessel from drifting off. Even where currents are gentle, if a boat isn’t tied securely to its mooring it will drift away.

Rivers can be treacherous and even lakes when unexpected squalls kick up. Jesus’ disciples knew this from experience. They also learned to not rely upon their own expertise and experience when it came to matters of faith.

A Thirsty Soul

What do you long for at your low points?

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As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When may I come to see God’s face? My tears are my food day and night. People ask me all day long, “Where is your God?”

I will remember these things as I pour out my soul: how I used to walk with the crowd and lead it in a procession to God’s house. ⌊I sang⌋ songs of joy and thanksgiving while crowds of people celebrated a festival. [vss 1-4]

Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior and my God. My soul is discouraged. That is why I will remember you in the land of Jordan, on the peaks of Hermon, on Mount Mizar.

One deep sea calls to another at the roar of your waterspouts. All the whitecaps on your waves have swept over me. [vss 5-7]

The Lord commands his mercy during the day, and at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.

I will ask God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk around in mourning while the enemy oppresses me?” With a shattering blow to my bones, my enemies taunt me. They ask me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior and my God. [vss 8-11]

(Psalms 42:1-11 (GW)


We all know life isn’t all sunshine and butterflies. Low points in life impact us all. Regardless of their cause, these times reveal what we treasure most in our hearts.

What do you long for at your lowest points in life? Whatever it may be, it reveals what’s become your priority, even when it’s worry or fear or some selfish longing.

The psalmist gives insight to why his soul thirsts for God. He is chided by others about his faith in God, as he laments, “my tears are my food day and night.”

The problem with depression at any level is focusing on our self and circumstances. I liken depression to a vortex or whirlpool. An inward self-defeating introspection just sucks us deeper into its own darkness.

But then, the psalmist recalls how it was when he trusted God before, and challenges himself to put his hope in God once again. Psychologists may call it self-talk, but it’s more accurate to say it’s soul-talk.

Even when things seem overwhelming and hopeless, God’s Spirit meets us at our lowest point. He reaches out to us. When we feel drowned in hopelessness is the time to surrender our soul to God. Right in the depth of it all.

When the sea of despair plunges you deep in its darkness, call out to God to meet you there. Then challenge your soul at its deepest core to once again trust and praise the Lord. ©Word-Strong_2016


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An Unimaginable Gift

Understanding the depth of God's grace—Sola Gratia

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“I can’t believe I won!” As the winners shriek with surprise and jump up and down with joy, some of us watch it all with skepticism, while others may wonder, “Why can’t this happen to me?”

I’m talking about those ads showing sweepstakes winners, and even those more sedate, even secretive lucky lottery winners.

This scenario is somewhat representative of a spiritual truth often met with skepticism or qualifications.

Ever the Same

The enduring nature of Jesus

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Long ago King Solomon declared with a sigh, ” There is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl 1:9). Centuries later, William Shakespeare echoed this conclusion.

And yet, change itself seems constant and continual. Sure, new discoveries are made, but these often reveal what already was. New inventions bring change, yet the nature of people hasn’t changed, nor the necessities and priorities of daily life.

Continuous changes around us tend to distract us from the one constancy all people rely on more than anyone realizes.

A Warning and a Blessing

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Brothers and sisters, I ask you to look out for those who cause people to be against each other and who upset other people’s faith. They are against the true teaching you learned, so stay away from them.

Such people are not serving our Lord Christ but are only doing what pleases themselves. They use fancy talk and fine words to fool the minds of those who do not know about evil.

All the believers have heard that you obey, so I am very happy because of you. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.