>Reflection Builds Strength

>I force myself to read the Bible slowly in an effort not to miss anything.

For instance,

Psalm 62 (ESV)

1) For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.
2) He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortrss; I shall not be greatly shaken.

5) For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.
6) He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

Notice the difference between verse 2 and verse 6?

Verse 2 says “greatly shaken,” verse 6 drops the “greatly.”

Verse 2 implies, “yeah, I may get shook up, but not too badly!”

Verse 6 states “I will not be shaken…period.”

Focusing thought/prayer (over the years I have grown convinced that, for the active pursuer of God, one’s thought life is a huge part of one’s prayer life) on God takes the psalmist from “greatly shaken” to “un-shaken.”

Lesson? Don’t focus on problem, focus on Jesus.

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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