Today’s Bible reading was Romans 4: 19-21:

And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

and being convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

I’m devotional guide is Seize the Day – with Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Ringma.  The scripture and the devotional brought me to this:

In everything we do, we say, we think it’s so easy to turn the focus back to me instead of Jesus.  So it is with faith.  We say it’s about faith instead of works but the we turn faith into works.  If I can muster up enough faith, well, then anything is possible.  We need to exercise faith.  I need to grow strong in faith.  If it works it’s my faith that made it happen.  If it doesn’t it’s my fault.  It’s all back on me.

Everything works better when I focus on Him instead of me.  We say that but then we don’t apply that to faith.  My focus should not be on my faith.  It should be on God’s faithfulness.

If I think about that, continually meditate on it, keep that thought continually before me…

Oh shoot.  There I go again.  Thinking about me.



About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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