The Rock-Steady Man
Theme of the Week: Keep Focused on the Right Things
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Dig Deeper: Proverbs 3:1-6
A man once met Billy Graham at a dinner and asked him what was the most satisfying part of his life and ministry. The man expected to hear stories about the big revivals, or about being a spiritual advisor to world leaders, or about writing best-selling books that affected lives the world over. But Dr. Graham waved him off and said, "It's none of that. By far the greatest joy of my life has been knowing Jesus—hearing him speak to me, having him guide me, sensing his presence. He has been the greatest pleasure of my life."
Dr. Graham delighted himself in the Lord. And the Lord gave him the desire of his heart.
Here's the application. There's nothing wrong with achievement, but it's not going to satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. It works both ways. If we achieve all we want, those things won't satisfy us. And if we don't achieve what we want, we won't be satisfied either. That's why a man needs to be rock-steady. That's why we need to ingest and live out the truth of [today's Key Bible Verses].
Source of the Billy Graham story: Simply Jesus and You by Joseph Stowell (Multnomah, 2006).
—Matt Carter and Colt McCoy in The Real Win
My Response: Who in my life is a rock-steady Christian? What are some of the key character traits that stand out in this person?
Thought to Apply: The soul's deepest thirst is for God himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without him.—F. F. Bruce (biblical scholar, writer)
Adapted from The Real Win by Colt McCoy and Matt Carter with Marcus Brotherton (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, forgive me when I focus more on success than on obedience; impress on my heart that lasting satisfaction only comes from an ever-deepening relationship with you.
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