Keep our Focus on Christ

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Why is it that with some changes in life, we really don’t have much of a problem, yet with other changes, they can turn our lives upside down? For example, the sky is always above us. However, it is ever-changing. Especially in Oregon, we could have a completely clouded sky with white fluffy clouds that float away to reveal blue skies above within minutes. Or, dark luminous storm clouds that dump so much rain and flash lots of lightning, then an hour later, the clouds are gone, the sun shines bright and finally sets, turning the sky pink and purple while fading into darkness. We only seem to look to the sky to question the weather when it impacts what we are going to do that day.

Then, there are the changes that occur in our lives that make us feel like we’ve been dumped on by a monsoon and everything we know as normal has been swept away. This type of change usually invokes fear. In Luke 8, the disciples are in the boat with Jesus when a storm begins and the water floods the boat. They are so fearful and cry out to their Master that they are going to drown. Jesus, who had been sleeping, stands up and commands the storm to stop. The disciples are amazed at what Jesus had done. Jesus asked them where was their faith.

Let this illustration be a guide for us, that with each change in our lives, we keep our focus on Christ. We cry out to Him in faith and read the Bible for truth and direction. Romans 8:28 says that He works for the good of those who love Him. This means that when the monsoons come, He will be there. There are good things that can come out of the storms of life. Good changes that sometimes only God knows what they are. We may not see His full plan for the changes, yet, hopefully, we and others will grow closer to Him. Christians can show others what it is like to have Christ as our foundation, because He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is never-changing, therefore, we can fully trust Him in the storms and be the gorgeous sunset that others see after the storm passes!

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for always being with us through the storms. Help us to be the beautiful sunsets or the hopeful sunrises to those around us. It is because of You that we find the strength to continue through all of the changes that we face. In Your precious Son’s name, Jesus. Amen.