Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 16, 2016

Thought For The Week March 20, 2016

Welcome Back,

Wait a minute. You should be saying that to me! Pastor Doug has been handling the writing for the past three weeks. I got into a very busy time for a couple of weeks and then my dear Lilia wound up in the hospital last week and I needed to call on him again. Don’t you like the stuff he writes? He’s a lot more introspective than I am.

This week I just want to pass on a quick thought that helped me last Monday and Tuesday while Lilia was in the Emergency Room and ICU. After a really scary evening which lead up to her being admitted and finally getting settled into ICU at 1:30 a.m., I went home to catch a few quick hours of sleep.

I awoke around 7 a.m. and floating through my thoughts was the chorus of a song our worship team had been singing for a few weeks. It’s a fairly new song so I couldn’t remember the meat of it but that chorus, wow, that chorus. It goes like this, “Through it all, my eyes are on you. Through it all, it is well. Through it all, my eyes are on you, and it is well, with me.”

That just kept ringing through my head and as I reflected on it the truth of that song became a real comfort to me. Though it hadn’t come to mind during the stressful hours in the ER, my eyes had been on Jesus. I pleaded and cried out to the Lord to help my dear wife over and over. When the heart monitor showed things that brought fear to my mind, I looked to Him. I’m not saying it wasn’t difficult, that I wasn’t afraid, or that it was easy for Lilia. What I’m saying is, through it all, with our eyes on Him, it was well.

See it doesn’t matter what the outcome of the varied situations we face in life will be. If our eyes are on Him, if our trust is in Him, our souls can rest and we can know that it is well. In the end Jesus wins and that means we win! John 16:33 is one of the least claimed promises in the Word. Listen to what Jesus told His followers: I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. Did you catch that? Jesus words are meant to give us peace but He says (a promise, for sure) in this world we’ll have tribulation! How does that bring peace? I didn’t feel very peaceful in the ER. Maybe that’s why we don’t quote this verse very often.

You have to hear the rest of the story. See, that’s not the end of the verse. It goes on to say: But take heart; I have overcome the world. There it is. Yes, troubling situations are real and will happen. We live in a world afflicted with the fall. But we don’t have to be troubled. Jesus say, “I win! The world can’t defeat me. I’ve overcome.” When we know that, no matter what comes, we can say, “It is well, it is well, with my soul.” So let me thank the worship team for introducing that new song at just the right time. It was a great comfort to me to help me know Jesus had everything in control.

What about you? Are you facing some of that promised “tribulation”? I know it will help to keep your eyes on Jesus. It will be well with you. Just a thought.

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