Focusing On God’s Word in the Hospital Waiting Room

We’ve all experienced those occasions in our lives when our emotional stress level is so high it seems like we can’t focus on anything.  Whether it’s at the kitchen table with a stack of bills or in the hospital waiting room pacing back and forth, we’ve been there.  And if you’re anything like me, you know the best thing for you in those times is to pull out your Bible and put yourself face to face with God’s truth, but there’s an excuse that pushes that knowledge to the side: “I can’t concentrate on anything else right now; I’m too distracted”.

Listen to these encouraging words from Psalm 119, Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes (v. 23).  The psalmist is not going to let anything get in the way of him meditating on God’s word.  Certainly I’ve seen hardship and trial, but I’ve never had government officials near the top of the hierarchical structure seek to oppress me personally.  I have neglected God’s Word for much less, yet the psalmist, under these circumstances, is committing to think intentionally on God’s word.

My point is that it is possible to focus your mind and heart on the Bible even when your circumstances are leaving your head spinning.  We say we’ll meditate on God’s word when things settle down, but we desperately need to be reminded of God’s truth when things are unsettled.  Plead with God to help you focus on his truth, if you can, get away from the kitchen table and out of the waiting room for a while, and then open up your Bible and drink deeply.

 

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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