Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Are We There Yet?

One of the most frustrating questions I ever tried to answer was the one my children would ask whenever we started on a journey: “Are we there yet?” And the longer the journey, the more frequently the question was asked.

The Christian life is a journey. As soon as we surrender our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the journey begins. The goal of our journey is to become Christ-like in all that we think or do or say. So, it begins in a moment in history and continues until we are with Him in glory. Often, when we are born again, we expect our life to be filled with sunshine and roses, skies with no clouds and waters with no waves. But that never happens.

Our days continue to be filled with difficulties and our nights are no easier: the unending and unanswered questions remain. What is going on? What’s happening? Why me?

The Psalmist gives us insight to those questions: “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever - do not abandon the works of Your hands!”

The journey is the plan and the plan that He designed for each of us includes His purpose for our lives. And as we are reminded by the Psalmist, “He will fulfill His purpose.” There can be no doubt that God has a unique purpose for each of us. That’s why we are all different: our tastes are different, our interests are different, our talents are different and our gifts are different. God created each of us to be different because the plan He has for each of us is different.

When the Psalmist spoke of God’s enduring love and a fear of being abandoned, he must have been going through a difficult time. So he reminded himself that he is a “work of God’s hand” as are each of us. This reminds us, too, that “we not there, yet.”

Prayer: Give us patience and perseverance, Lord, to trust You always, knowing that You are fulfilling the plan You have for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 138:8 The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why Worship God?

Worship is as important to the believer as oxygen is to life. We know that without oxygen we could not live. In fact, if a person goes too long without oxygen, it causes serious damage. After one minute without oxygen brain cells begin to die; after three minutes serious brain damage is likely; and after ten minutes brain cells have died. And after fifteen minutes without oxygen, a person’s recovery is virtually impossible.

If we use that information and compare it to believers worshiping God, we see an amazing similarity. It is possible for the believer to go without worshiping God for a period of time. We’ve all done that. But the longer we refrain from worshiping God, the more likely we are to die spiritually.

Psalm 138 is a Psalm of Thanksgiving and Worship. In the seventh verse David reminds us of the importance of worshiping God: “Though I am surrounded in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes, with Your right hand You protect me.”

What we pledge our lives to, or who we deeply and reverently love, is what or who we worship. It can be God or a person, place or thing. Whatever or whoever is at the center of our lives becomes that which we worship. It’s logical to David that the one who protects and preserves us is the one we are to worship. So, the danger we face is that all too often we look at what God has given us as our god and replace Him with things and die spiritually.

Prayer: May we realize, Father, that we can easily become dependent on the gifts You give us instead of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Courage!

The battle was long and fierce. Although darkness had settled in, the skies were bright with tracer bullets and bombs bursting everywhere. Frightened soldiers were afraid to move from their trenches fearing that the enemy would see them. Suddenly, one of them began to cry.

“I’m afraid. I’m a coward. Will someone please help me? I don’t want to die,” he cried out in fear.

His friend, hiding next to him, extended a word of comfort. “It’s O.K. to be afraid. I’m right here with you. Let’s pray for God’s help.” Then his friend began to quote Psalm 138:3: “As soon as I pray You answer me, You encourage me by giving me strength.”

Fear is a normal feeling when our lives are being threatened. It is a gift from God sending us a signal that we need to reach out to Him for His protection as well as a reminder that He will never leave us nor forsake us no matter how desperate or dangerous our surroundings may be.

Courage can be compared to a muscle: it will grow over time if used. Often, however, we would rather give in to a test or temptation that God sends our way than to call on Him for strength. As the Psalmist said, “As soon as I pray You answer!” Included in the answer is His courage and His strength.

God is the very best resource available to us when we need help in any situation. Friends are helpful but God is faithful – and will not allow us to be tempted or tested beyond His power or ability to rescue and save us.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your promise to give us courage and strength when we face the dangers of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Unending Mercy

One of the greatest attractions in all of America is Yellowstone National Park. There are over two hundred active geysers in the park but Old Faithful is the best known and most visited. It has become famous over the years because it is so regular in its “activity” of shooting steams of water high into the air.

No one knows when it began, but it was first discovered in 1870. The silvery cascades of water shoot out of the geyser about every sixty-five minutes every day of the year.

The ancient Hebrews and present day Christians see in the faithfulness of this geyser the unending, time-less and inexhaustible mercy of God. Since the fall of man there has not been one moment when God did not have man’s need of redemption in the center of His heart. And this need for our redemption springs upward and outward from God’s unlimited mercy every moment of every day - much like the dependability of Old Faithful.   

The “mercy” of God is an everlasting expression of His divine compassion. This “mercy” of God is a statement of the undeserving love that He has for us by withholding His judgment on us for our sins. We are reminded of His immeasurable love whenever we pause and think of His Son coming to earth to die on a cross for our sins. God's mercy is “God at work” helping and healing, protecting and providing, strengthening us each day and saving us from death and destruction.

Give thanks to the Lord! His mercy is never ending!

Prayer:  We lift grateful hearts to You, Lord, for mercy we do not deserve yet desperately need for our salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Always On His Mind

Mrs. Hattie Hollowell is known as “The Forgotten Woman of New York City.” She spent three years, four months and sixteen days in jail without a member of her family, a friend or an attorney visiting her.
When she was finally “discovered” an investigation revealed that she had never been brought to trial. Instead of being helped, she was forgotten and ignored by "the system." When she finally was discovered, the legal machinery moved swiftly to release her.
Others may forget and ignore us, but not the Lord. In Psalm 136:23 we read, “He remembered us in our low estate and weaknesses. His faithful love endures forever.”
One day Jesus was teaching a group of followers. He wanted to get them involved in his lesson so He asked a question. “What is the price of five sparrows?” He asked. He answered his own question by saying, “A couple of pennies? Not much more than that.” He continued, “And yet God does not forget a single one of them. And He even knows the number of hairs on your head. In fact, He knows all about you - your weaknesses, your wants and even your worries. And never forget that He cares for each and every one of you!”
If one little bird is the object of His love, how much more does He love each one of us, no matter who or where we are. We may be forsaken by our family and friends, but not the Lord. He remembers us in our “low estate” and His faithful love endures forever.
Jesus promised, “Remember, I am always with you!”

Prayer: We thank You, Father, for the promise of Your presence and the fact that Your love for us will never end. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 136:23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Good and Great God

“If God did not exist,” Voltaire once said, “it would be necessary to invent Him.” But we who believe in Him know that He does exist and that He is good, great and glorious! We find these facts in Psalm 135.

The Lord “is good.” And with no reservations. He is not good to us because we are good to “not good” people who are evil. We are wrong when we say to others, “God will not be good to you if you are not good.” He is good to everyone and His goodness is never conditioned by what we do or do not do.

The Lord “is great.” Some good people are not great and some great people are not good. But our Lord is as great as He is good. After He created “good things” He created us that He might impart His goodness to us. It is because of His greatness that He is able to provide us with a variety of His good things to enjoy and in which to find joy, happiness and pleasure.

The Lord “is glorious.” Our God is above all “gods.” Man began to worship when he realized there was more to what is than himself or nature. But God revealed Himself to man and man discovered the ever-living, ever-loving and everlasting God. But, unfortunately, that was not enough and mankind has continued to “create” in his own way, gods of his own making – whether a piece of stone in Africa or a piece of gold in America, or perhaps, a bushy god in the jungles or a mental god in academia.

How great is our God! A God who is great and good and glorious – yet in spite of all that He is, He loves us.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your unending love and desire to reveal Yourself to us. Fill our hearts with awe. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 135:3a Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; & Psalm 135:5a I know that the Lord is great,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Finding Satisfaction

Satisfaction is an elusive goal. Although it is high on most people’s agendas, few ever find it without a struggle. Perhaps it is because most people overlook their spiritual needs as a source of satisfaction and try to find it in the material things of life.

But satisfaction cannot be found in material things. Those who seek the material world never have “enough” of anything - whether it is money, education, property or power. “More” does not fill any need. It simply generates the desire for “more.”

David addressed this issue in Psalm 131. “Lord,” he began, “my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters that are too great or too awesome for me to grasp.” What a remarkable statement: he had the wisdom and insight to “think small.”

It is interesting to note that David willingly took a step backward to take a step forward - “my heart is not proud.” To move to the “higher ground” in life, we must begin with an attitude of humility. A proud heart comes from thinking of ourselves “more highly that we ought to.” But humility, on the other hand, puts us in a place where God can reach us and bless us with the good things He has to offer us.

And notice what he said about being too ambitious: “I’m not going to get involved with matters that are too great or too awesome.” He made a conscious decision to focus on what was within his power and potential to achieve. He was willing to be content with the gifts God had for him.

Prayer: Lord, help us to take our eyes off of the “things” of this world and find all that we need in honoring You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 131:1 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The King On His Cross

Pilate said to them, “What shall I do with Jesus who is call Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has he done?”
But they cried out all the more saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw he could not prevail…he took water and washed his hands before the multitude saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this Person. You see to it.”
And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus…twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…mocked Him…spit upon Him…struck Him on the head…and led Him away to be crucified. Then they put a sign over His head: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. In the end the soldiers said: Truly this was the Son of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, let these Words bring to our hearts an understanding of the cost of our salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 27

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Looking For Hope?

His professors and fellow students recognized him as one of the most brilliant students on campus. He had the most when it came to worldly goods. From any vantage point he seemed to “have it all.”
Early one morning while the campus was wrapped in silence, he jumped to his death from his room in the dorm. As his family went through the items left behind in his room, they discovered a note that read, “There is utterly no hope.”

Hopelessness has many causes and few cures. Many searching for some form of hope turn to alcohol or other drugs. Others lose themselves in their work or worry for a way out of their despair. Many seek relief by trying new experiences or adventures. Few find long-lasting results.

Hopelessness may be caused by sorrow or grief. We all seem to want a life without a “pile of problems.” No one looks for tragedies as a form of entertainment. And we rarely have an opportunity to “pick our pain.” Pain is as much a part of life as sunshine or rain, night or day.

Is there a sure source where everyone can find hope? The Psalmist believes there is. “...hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.”

Hoping is different from wishing. Wishing is a desire for something we don’t have. Hope, on the other hand, is a gift from God. Hope in God gives us confidence that He is with us and will fulfill every promise He has ever made to protect us and empower us to meet the dangers of life.

Prayer: Lord, as long as we have You we have hope and know that Your unfailing love will guide us and guard us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting Without Worrying

Fishing often seems futile and foolish. There may be long periods of time when the only progress to be seen is the movement of the hands on a clock. While some would say it is a great way to relax and think, others would say it is ridiculous and unjustifiable in this fast paced world.

And there are many who consider prayer much that way. Why wait for the Lord to hear our prayers when we can get by on our own? The Psalmist gave us a good reason to wait: “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope.”

Waiting on the Lord is profitable and productive. It is the best way to become efficient and effective. How?
The person who does not wait on the Lord may be going places - but they may not be the right places. Often we move forward in haste and end up in a place other than what we had in mind. Often the consequences of rushing ahead of God results in destroying the plan He has laid out for us. Do you remember the wise bumper sticker that read, “Don’t follow me. I’m lost.”?

Waiting on the Lord is the way to empowerment. If we do not wait on the Lord, it may lead to exhaustion. Our Lord is adequate to meet our every need but there are times when we must wait on Him for whatever our need may be. We must wait on Him if we want His goodness and guidance, His wisdom and wealth, His healing and happiness.

The Psalmist said, “In His Word I put my hope.” In Hebrews we read, “We have this hope as an anchor.”

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for reminding us of our need to place our hope in You. Grant us the gift of trust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mercy Without Measure

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were the first spies ever to be executed for conspiracy to commit espionage for giving information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. As a result of their conviction, they were put to death in the electric chair in Sing Sing Prison, New York.

In his summation at the end of the grueling and bitter trial, the lawyer of the Rosenbergs said with deep emotion, “Your Honor, what my clients ask for is justice.”

“The court has given what you have asked for - justice!” replied Judge Irving Kaufman. “What you really wanted is mercy. But that is something that this court has no right to give.”

This response from the judge has scriptural bearing: no one is good - no one in all the world. Each and every one of us have sinned. If God gave us justice, each one of us would have our place in hell - separated from God forever.

We are reminded of this fact in Psalm 130:3 where we read, “If You, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? “ He then answers it with a gracious promise that brings the peace of God: “But with You there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence serve You.”

If God kept a record of our sins - or if He held a grudge against us - we could say that He purposefully built a barrier between Himself and us so that we would be separated from Him forever.

But He did not do that. He sent His one and only begotten Son to be our one and only Savior. Now, we have access to Him, when we repent, because of His mercy.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your willingness to forgive us of our sins and grant us Your love and salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:3, 4 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

Monday, April 14, 2014

What To Do When...

When life comes crashing in, what’s the best thing to do?
He had worked many years to reform the church. It seemed that everyone and everything had turned against him and he had no place to turn. In desperation and despair he turned to a fellow servant and said, “Come, let us sing Psalm 130.” Their deep dedication to God replaced their despair and desperation when they sang, “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.”

Who among us has not experienced the desperation that comes from being betrayed and abandoned. Most of us, at one time or another, have cried, “Who really cares for me? Everyone belongs to a ‘we’ except me.” It is then that we need to call on Jesus who said, “Come to me – all of you who have hearts that are deeply troubled and who have burdens that are too heavy for you to carry by yourself. I’m the only One who is always there for you!”

All of us have been overwhelmed when the treasures of life are snatched from our hands. Handel, the master musician, lost his health. Soon after that his right side became paralyzed and then he lost his money. He was so discouraged that he wanted to give up on life. But he cried to God and from this hopeless condition penned The Messiah which ends with the Hallelujah Chorus.

And there is the depth of sin. It lowers us, limits us, and never lifts us. But God will do that for us through His Son, who wants to be our Savior – even Christ the Lord.

Prayer: Father, help us never to give up on You even though all seems lost. Hear our voice when we call on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An Everlasting Foundation

Years ago it was the custom in England to carve the words found in Psalm 127:1 over the doorways of homes: “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” Perhaps returning to this custom and following its implications would have great benefits for everyone.

There is only one Builder - the Lord. But He placed two laborers - the husband and wife/mother and father - as the ones responsible for the “construction and maintenance” of “the home.” Husband is an Anglo-Saxon word which means “the band of the house.” He is the one who organizes it, controls it and holds it together. The wife becomes his “chief assistant” - and the meaning of the word “wife” is “weaver.” She is to “weave” godliness into the activities of the home. She is to use her gifts to express God’s expressions of thoughtfulness, kindness, grace and compassion in the everyday activities that are required to make the atmosphere “God-honoring, Christ-centered and Spirit-filled” through her examples of service.

There is only one Person who is able to “watch” over the home - the Lord. For the Psalm continues, “Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” This statement describes the parenting role of mothers and fathers in a strange but significant way: They are the ones who turn the “building” into a home. They are to be examples of Christ at all times. They are ultimately responsible to God for whatever is allowed to enter into the activities and entertainment of the home.

What a priceless opportunity God has given to parents.

Prayer: Father, give those of us who are parents grace and courage to raise our children to love and honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time To Get Going

We’ve all heard phrases like, “Wow, that company is really going places,” or “That person is going to the top of the ladder,” or “I wonder where they are going.” Everyone seems to be going some place to do something. But what matters most is where they are going and what they are going to do when they get there.
Christians have responded to Christ’s “come” and when we do we are commanded to “go!” with the specific responsibility to “make disciples.”

The Psalmist was very direct when he addressed this “come” and then “go.” He described it in these terms: “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”
When we “go” we are to “sow.” God gave us the “seed,” which is His Word for a purpose: We are not to store it in sacks in a warehouse, but to plant it in the hearts of those who are still seeking Him. Our hearts may become heavy and tears may fill our eyes. But there is the assurance that our tears will be changed into songs of joy because His Word is true and will not return to Him void - without results. We are to sow the seed He gives us and allow Him the honor of the harvest - whatever that may be. Because it is His seed, we may never understand or know what the harvest will be. Though the work may be laborious and the results uncertain, the Lord will be with us wherever He leads us and will bless what we do for Him.

The assurance of God’s blessing is a word of encouragement that He offers us to be responsible “sowers of His seed.” We are not to sit idly by and wait to see the results. We are to go and sow and pray and leave the harvest to Him. And surely there will be a harvest if we are faithful “sowers.” He promises that we will return from the field singing songs of joy bringing His sheaves with us.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to follow Your command - Your orders - to be faithful “sowers” of the “seed” and trust You for the results. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 126:6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Living and Laughing

“The way things are in this world I’m certain that your God never laughs,” said a skeptic.
“Well, I’m not sure if He laughs or not. But I am sure of one thing: He certainly created me so that I can laugh,” said his friend with a smile.

Some people think that tears and trials, grunts and groans are the centerpieces of the Christian life. Truth be told, tears and trials, grunts and groans are more associated with sin than they are with salvation. And to follow that thought, God’s Word promises us that one day, “He will wipe away all tears” from the eyes of the believer – not the unsaved.

A physician once said that “he who laughs lasts. People who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh. Few people realize that their health actually varies according to the amount of laughter” in their lives. Would it not be wonderful if each time we felt discouraged we could go to the pharmacy and find an over-the-counter bottle that contained a tablet to make us laugh?

Not only are laughter and health related, but laughter and holiness are related. When the Lord brought His exiles back to Jerusalem a Psalmist wrote, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’”

If there are any people on this earth who have a reason to laugh and sing songs of joy it is the Christian. Our sins have been forgiven and we have been released from the fear and penalty of death. We have the promise of an eternal home with the Creator of the universe and His beloved Son who redeemed us. And we have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to guide, guard and give us a peace that passes all understanding.

What great reasons to laugh and sing songs of joy!

Prayer: It’s difficult to understand, Lord, why there are so many days we fail to laugh and rejoice. Bring us all some humor today! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Reason To Rejoice

Certain events in our lives bring different responses. Years ago, a smile would race across my face and my heart would beat a little faster if someone would ask me to spend the day riding a bicycle with them over the hills to Los Gatos for lunch. It would take about nine hours for the 120-mile trip, not including lunch.

Now, if someone were to ask me to ride a bicycle to a nearby town for lunch a smile would race across my face and my heart would send a message to my brain and ask, “Are they serious? You’re an old man now.”
But the memories will remain with me forever and bring me joy when I think of the rides I once took around Monterey Bay.

All of us store up memories of one kind or another. Some are pleasant and others painful. Some remind us of lessons that were difficult to learn yet made us much wiser than we once were. And some leave us with stories we like to share because they are simply too wonderful to forget.

David was that way when he thought about going to the House of the Lord. “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord,’” he wrote on one occasion. Notice that he used the word “rejoiced.” The very thought of going to a place of worship caused him to rejoice.

Worship was important to him. It was at the center of his life and kept him close to the Lord. And when his friends said, “Let’s go to church,” he got excited.

It’s very different today. Too few people find too little joy when they are invited to worship. Faithfulness to Christ and the obligation to gather for worship is no longer important. But those who truly love the Lord will always find time and a way to worship Him.

Prayer: Lord, our love for You is reflected in our worship of You. May our hearts rejoice whenever we recall times of worship. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 122:1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Who's Watching Over You?

C. I. Scofield has long been recognized as one of the world’s most influential theologians, ministers and writers. For many years the Scofield Reference Bible shaped the thoughts of Christians and their interpretation of the Word of God. But Scofield did not begin his career as a student of Scripture. He intended to be a lawyer.

On one occasion he confessed to a friend, “I was once a drunken lawyer visiting some friends in Saint Louis when I was converted. No one had ever told me anything about the keeping power of Jesus Christ. But I was standing before a picture of Daniel in the den of lions one day, and a great hope and faith came into my heart.”

“I said, ‘Why, these lions are all about me – my old habits and sins – but the God that shut the mouths of the lions for Daniel can shut them for me.’”

And the remainder of his life proves that fact!

The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life.”

The Lord wants to watch over us as though we were the only person in the world. He knows all about us: our strengths and weaknesses, our assets and liabilities, what tempts and threatens us, what troubles and tries us. And even though He has the same “responsibility” for each of His children, He is able to pay attention to each one of us as though we were the only one that mattered.

“The Lord will keep you,” said the Psalmist. He did not say “might” or “may” or “should” or “could” or “would” keep you if you…Indeed not. He said “he will keep you!”

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the assurance that Your protection does not depend upon us, but upon Your grace! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
 
Scripture for Today: Psalm 121:5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Awake and Alert!

Every living creature sleeps.

No matter who or what or where, every living thing sleeps. Consider the following:

Some humans sleep on their backs, their sides or their stomachs. Some sleep with their knees drawn up to their chest. Others sleep with one leg drawn up and an arm under their head. Some of us sleep one way while others sleep another way. The fact is, however, that all of us sleep.
Consider the animal kingdom for a moment: long-legged birds sleep standing on one leg. Ducks always sleep in open water. To avoid drifting to the shore, they keep paddling with one foot, moving in a circle. Fish and snakes sleep with their eyes open.

Every living thing sleeps.

Except God.

The Psalmist wisely brings this to our attention: “He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber...nor sleep.”

When days are dark and the stars hidden behind the clouds, God is awake and watching over us. When our dearest friends deny and abandon us, God is there to put His arm around us and comfort us. When our hearts are broken, He will wipe away our tears. When the enemy attacks us, He Himself will defend us.
He Who is all powerful and ever present always protects us. He Who loves us will always strengthen, steady, support, sustain and save us from slipping.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the promise that You are always with us and will protect us from danger and defeat. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;