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Bible Reading Challenge

I finished reading chapter 7 of Acts today, in chapter 7 Stephen gave his speech before the Sanhedrin.
"When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 'Look,' he said, 'I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.' At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.' Then he fell on his knees and cried out, 'Lord do not hold this sin against them.' When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Chapter 8 verse 1, "And Saul was there, giving approval to his death." NIV
These men that Stephen had given his speech to were acrid in their temper and hostility towards him; but Stephen did not see their angered faces, he looked beyond them and saw "Jesus standing at the right hand of God."
How often I focus on the problem, the crisis at hand, my fear and anguish, or the tempest that torments me; but instead I should be looking beyond the problem and focus on Jesus.
Sometimes when I am in the whirlwind of a crisis moment I depend on myself, after all I'm told "I'm a tough cookie." But this ole girl has her limits. There is a lesson in this, there is always a lesson you know, and it is that Jesus wants us to come to Him, He wants us to depend on Him, we are not a lone ranger. We go to Him first, not in the middle of the storm of crisis, not as an after thought, but in the beginning when we see the skies begin to darken and the wind whips up. There will never be a time in our lives when everyday will be smooth sailing, nor a time when "we ourselves" will have it all together. We see in the pin point of time, He sees in the panoramic of everything, He sees every horizon before it has even begun.

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