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Daily Devotional: Wednesday, February 8 - Staying Afloat

“You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” — Isaiah 26:3

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What is your anchor? What keeps you stabilized amid adversity? What keeps you balanced and focused, moving in the right direction? Your foundation. Large sailboats must have more weight below the water line than above. It’s called ballast, which is simply a counterweight, but without it the boat would roll over and capsize.

And how do you keep your heart right and your head straight in the midst of adversity? What enables you to successfully execute down the stretch when the game is on the line? Your focus. Even though Goliath was nine feet tall and a champion warrior, David never called him a giant. To David, Goliath was just an uncircumcised Philistine who was defying God (1 Samuel 17:26).

David relied on God for the victory. As a young shepherd, David had miraculously killed a lion and a bear to protect his flock. When it came time to fight Goliath, he remembered it was about God’s power to deliver him (1 Samuel 17:37). David’s purpose for fighting Goliath was not personal glory, but God’s glory (1 Samuel 17:45-46).

David was able to stay “right-side up” even in the face of death because he kept his foundation and focus on the Lord’s presence, power and promises, not the adversity in front of him. Your foundation and your focus will determine whether you stay afloat or capsize in rough seas.

— Jerry Birch, Cleveland Cavaliers chaplain

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