Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Psalm 119:37: Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
If you remember yesterday's story on my "hiking" trip, you know that I panicked when I didn't see "the turn." It was there all the time. It didn't move. The change in light, the time of day, and the sense of impending doom, blocked my being able to see it.
I was looking for the road to the car in all the wrong places. It was worthless to try to walk back up the mountain, to the place from whence I came. I realized that after about twenty five feet. I could see the goal of my journey. I saw the SUV in the parking lot through the trees. I knew where I had to go. I didn't know... Until
The couple coming down the mountain helped me to see. I felt a great weight come off of my shoulders and I made it to the vehicle.
How does this work with our text? We get "lost" chasing after things, achievements, status, prestige, money, and the like. What does it get us? To where does it lead us? Ultimately, no where. Or let me rephrase. It leads us to hell.
This is why this verse is so wonderful for us. We NEED God's direction and focus for life. We NEED Him to cut through the distractions and re-directions of life away from the goal of life with God and heaven. We Christians know the goal, the endgame, the final destination. It is life with Jesus now and forever. Dear God, turn our eyes to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and life so that we see Your ways. In Jesus name... And all God's children say...
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.