Accentuate the Positive
By June Pugh
There had been an extended drought and farmers were desperate for rain. Word went out from the local minister that on Saturday night there would be a prayer meeting at the church to ask the Lord for rain. At the appointed time, farm families came as expected, but only one elderly lady brought an umbrella. Christ told the disciples that He would be crucified and buried and on the third day He would arise. He told them He would see them again. In spite of this assurance, they spent Saturday depressed and defeated. No one spoke a word of hope. Not one faithful follower knew what to do except to hide in fear. Had they truly believed Christ’s promises, Saturday would have been a day of joyous anticipation and of planning how they would celebrate Christ’s victorious resurrection. Now we must ask ourselves: “How strong is our faith? Do we truly believe what Christ has promised?” Oh, for the simple trust of a child who sings: “Jesus loves me. This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”* It is only as “mature” adults, that we begin to doubt and doubt can be an enemy of faith. As we strive to leave our cares and concerns at His feet, our faith will grow stronger and we will experience His peace. No matter how dark our “Saturdays” may be, we can be filled with joy and anticipation, because our “Son-day” is coming! He will fulfill His promises.
Positive Word: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20b).
Positive Walk: Do you have a fear that occupies your thoughts or looms in your future? We cannot deal with what we have not identified. Ask God to give you the courage to write your fear specifically. In your quiet time, share it with God and ask him to remove it. Be sensitive to His voice in your heart. Remember, He will be true to his promises.
*Written by Anna B. Warner and William B. Bradbury