“You Know, Mr. President . . .”

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For Saturday February 18, 2023

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.

In his book Truman, David McCullough shares this story:

As President [Truman] felt more than ever a need to see and make contact with what he called the everyday American. And he always felt better for it. On a recent evening in Washington, on one of his walks, he had decided to take a look at the mechanism that raised and lowered the middle span of the Memorial Bridge over the Potomac. Descending some iron steps, he came upon the bridge tender, eating his evening supper out of a tin bucket. Showing no surprise that the President of the United States had climbed down the catwalk and suddenly appeared before him, the man said, “You know, Mr. President, I was just thinking about you.” It was a greeting Truman adored and never forgot.1

If the Lord Jesus showed up at your workplace today, could you say, “You know, Lord, I was just thinking about You”? Where is your mind today? Every temptation comes to us via our thoughts. Reinforce your mind with God’s Word, and keep your mind stayed on Him.

Our defeat or victory begins with what we think, and if we guard our thoughts,
we shall not have much trouble anywhere else along the line.


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1David McCullough, Truman (Simon & Schuster, 1992)
David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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