Nº 182 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - January 25, 2022
Two men look out through the same bars. One sees mud; the other sees stars. Rev. Frederick Langbridge
There is an abundance of negativity in today’s world. Political tension, military threats, economic turmoil, environmental concerns, racial divides, pandemic fears, violent crime, and natural disasters dominate the headlines. Everywhere we turn we are met with what the singers on the TV show Hee Haw once proclaimed as gloom, despair, and agony on me!
David faced an unknown threat, challenge, or danger. He began his prayer for help, “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” (Psalm 16:1) He faced a real crisis, yet he looked toward the One who could provide a refuge from whatever assailed him. His peril was significant, but his Protector was supreme.
Perspective matters. The object of our focus makes all the difference. If we lock our attention on problems, we will easily become distressed and discouraged. However, if we redirect our thoughts to the One who provides hope, comfort, and peace, the world becomes an adventure and not a crisis.
A few verses later David writes, “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6) Remember God’s blessing and look at the benefits He provides. Focus on the Source of hope, not the crisis de jour.
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc