Bask in the Sunlight
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! Psalm 105:4
A limited amount of time spent in the sun has its benefits—increased levels of vitamin D and serotonin are two of them. But, to keep the benefits, the exposure needs to be continued. When the disciples spent time with Jesus, they were changed, too. As they witnessed the life of Jesus, His preaching, and the miracles He performed, it would be easy to assume that faith came easily to them. It did not. Despite being physically close to Jesus and His power, the disciples struggled to believe and accept His identity as the Son of God and the unstoppable nature of His love and power. Waves and challenges quickly discouraged the disciples and pulled their gaze away from Christ.
The narrative running throughout the Gospels reveals the importance of keeping our eyes and attention on God, regardless of the situations being faced. Instead of looking at our physical surroundings and circumstances, we need to focus our attention on the Lord and His strength. Nothing can thwart His promises or purpose. As we bask in the truth of His Word and the power of His presence, we are set free.
We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts. A. W. Tozer
Psalm 105 – Rabbi Greg Hershberg – 07/04/2015