TITLE: Medicine Bottles
DATE: May 3, 2019
TEXT: Philippians 2:3-6 – ESV - 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.
Some people each day deal with more problems than most of us have faced in our entire lives.
Such a person was the author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Even though he was bedridden much of his life with tuberculosis, Stevenson seemed to maintain a cheerful outlook on things.
As you know, a person who is constantly happy in adversity can be a pretty frustrating person for other, more normal people to be near. They’re so up; so positive; so see the silver lining inside every dark cloud kind of people.
That was the case for Mrs. Stevenson who, one day, heard her husband’s rib-shattering cough.
Rather testily she said to him, “And I suppose you still believe it’s a wonderful day?” Stevenson, turning to a window ablaze with sunlight, said, “I do! I will never let a row of medicine bottles block my view!”
As many of us think upon our lives, it’s amazing just how many times we have done exactly that.
We get a cold and we get grouchy; something good happens to somebody else (and not us) and we get sullen and jealous. Given a few minutes together we could come up with quite a list of medicine bottles which block the sunshine, couldn’t we?
Now you should know that is not the way God wants His adopted children to live.
In the 14th chapter of John, the Savior, Himself said, “my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
With those words, the Savior shows that He is ready to flick aside the medicine bottles of frustration, fear, and foreboding.
With His perfect life, by His sacrificial suffering and death, all who believe on Him as Savior are forgiven. They are taken from the family of the damned to those who are delivered.
Of course, Jesus won’t force you to look past the medicine bottles to the joy and peace He wishes to bestow… but I wonder, why would anyone look at those medicine bottles when, just beyond, the Lord has provided things… wonderful things.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, difficulties do come to Your people. That doesn’t mean that we have to let those difficulties block out Your grace, Your love, the Savior’s sacrifice. Let us look past the medicine bottles of life and see the power of Your peace. In Your Name, Amen.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html