To Be God-Centered

Apr 10, 2003 05:15 PM EDT

Psalm 23 (NRSV)

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures;he leads me beside still waters;he restores my soul.He leads me in right pathsfor his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I fear no evil;for you are with me;your rod and your staff --they comfort me.

You prepare a table before mein the presence of my enemies;you anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.Surely goodness and mercyshall follow me all the days of my life,and I shall dwell in the house of the LORDmy whole life long.

God says, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you."

-- Isaiah 43:5 (NIV)

I try not to worry and instead try to fill my mind with comfortingverses from the Bible. Whenever I'm sad, I refer to the Bible andlisten for what God will say to me. Last Sunday night, when I wasmissing my guide dog, JR, who was at the animal hospital, God spoke tome through THE UPPER ROOM. The scripture for that day included Joshua1:5, where God says, "I will be with you; I will never leave you norforsake you." Only God could have known how worried I was about mydog!

Since I am legally blind, my guide dog is very important to myindependence. Now, at 2 AM, when I'm too frightened to sleep withoutmy dog with me, God's word in Isaiah 43:5 comforts me: "Do not beafraid, for I am with you" (NIV). I realized how little faith I havein God and how easily I let problems frighten me instead of entrustingthem to God. I am full of human imperfections, so I must learn toreplace self-centeredness with God-centeredness. God's word inscripture helps me to do just that.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending Christ to redeem humankind,that we may have life everlasting. Amen.


Read the Bible and hear God's words of comfort and peace.


Those who are blind

By Bernadette Tan (Selangor, Malaysia)