A word from Jerry Winfield, Senior Pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, TN.


I recently read an interesting devotional in The Lord is My Rock by A. Trevor Sutton. I was encouraged; hope you will be too!

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Just outside the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a landmark known as Balanced Rock. It is a sight to behold: a 700 - ton red sandstone rock delicately balanced on a tiny pedestal of stone.

Everyone who sees Balanced Rock has the same question: When is it going to fall? Nobody knows how long it has been perched in this precarious position. Nobody knows when or how it will tip over and shatter. Will the merciless forces of erosion wear away it’s sandstone base? Will wind, rain, or ice finally cause it to tip? Or could an earthquake shake it to the core causing demise.

Do you ever feel like Balanced Rock? Do you ever ask yourself, “How long can I keep this balancing act going? What is going to come along, throwing everything off kilter? What will happen to me then?”

Stresses at work, the fear of failure, worries about tomorrow…all these things attack your core, eroding it away. Icy relationships, frozen faith, and chilling loneliness threaten to shatter your foundation. Violence and tragedies send shock waves through your heart, mind, and soul.

Even so, you can take heart. Be steady! Have no fear! The Lord is your firm foundation in an ever - unsteady world:

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling….Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:2-3,10

Jerry Winfield