(Note: This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden and received it by email from a third party source. I felt that the message was so good that I wanted to share it, with all credit to the original author– Steve)
The Lord is my rock, my
fortress and deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and
the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior… —2 Samuel 22:2
One of the classic playground equipment pieces is the teeter-totter. Up and
down, a child rides with a partner. Each of them pushes up into the sky. You
could try to sit on it alone, but that would get you nowhere. So a child grabs
a friend to ride with them, sometimes soaring high and other times hanging low.
There is one steady spot on the teeter-totter: the fulcrum. This pivot point
does not move but remains stationary. This is just like life. Like the
teeter-totter, there are high points and low points. Sometimes you soar high in
the sky, laughing and enjoying everything around you. Other times there are
lows, when the ride is less fun.
But, in all of life there is one thing that remains the same through the highs
and the lows: The love of Jesus is our fulcrum, our balance. Whatever is
happening in your life, there is a loving God who wants you to know that He is
your rock. And take note in this: As you get closer to the fulcrum, the high’s
become a little less high and the lows a little less low. When we live our
lives with Jesus as our center point – we balance – experiencing the
realization that God knows us, loves us, and has a plan for us.
Even with Jesus as our fulcrum, we will still have both great days and bad
days. But, there is a perspective change. How you view the world changes as you
come closer and closer to knowing the saving love of Jesus, who is your rock,
fortress, and deliverer.
1. Think back to a time in your life where you felt things couldn’t get worse.
How did God reveal Himself as your rock?
2. What are ways that you can change your perspective so that you can rely on
Jesus, the rock, in the good and bad times?
Psalm 18:1-4; Matthew
7:20-24; 1 Corinthians 10:4