September 19, 2014

Read: Psalm 103:15-16 

 

“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”     Psalm 103:15-16
 

Devotional Thought
At one time or another we all feel invincible, like we are immune to tragedy.  We think that death is an event way down the road.  However, it takes one visit to the doctor or one wrong turn on the intersection and our life is altered or over for that matter.  Even the most healthy and cautious of us have a shelf life of 80+ years.  Everything on this earth is designed to break down over time. 

All this sounds gloomy, however as believers, we have hope in our Eternal Father.  Psalms 103 goes on to say, “As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him...  But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him...”

Knowing that we will struggle in this walk of life and this life will eventually fade like a flower in the field, we have an Eternal Father that loves us and will bring us to live with Him for eternity.  

Editor’s Note: Today’s devotional thought is republished from Jason Williams who went to be with the Lord one year ago today.  Over the course of several years, Jason wrote over 40 of our Family Worship Guides.  Many have asked to see some of Jason’s later writings again.  His letter to God written on September 9, 2013 while reflecting on Max Lucado’s It’s Not About Me, chapter 12, can be found below.  His reflections from Pastor Charles’s sermon on Isaiah 30 can also be found below.

Letter to God
9/9/2013
God, through the pain and the suffering, I will still praise you. You are our Creator, Savior, our Friend. Jesus, you suffered immensely for me. I’m sorry I spent most of my life taking you for granted. I made light of your holiness and used your word to justify my lifestyle. I am so very sorry.

Lord, I throw myself at your mercy and grace. I just ask that you heal me physically and spiritually. I am in pain and am afraid of dying. My abdomen keeps swelling, I’m losing muscle, and get nauseated easily.

I just want to be sure to thank you for the blessings you have given to me and Myla. I thank you for all of those that are helping Myla and I. Thank you for those that are praying with me and for me.

I thank you for my family. Myla and my two boys are priceless to me. You gave me a great wife and two really good boys. Please bless them and keep them if I’m to fall.

If it’s my time, then may I be comfortable and enjoy my loved ones. Give me strength and words to say to my lost loved ones. May I use this time to do your will.

May my family and I always remember that your yolk is easy and your burden is light. You are faithful and true. Thank you Jesus. I love you.

Thanks for loving me.

Isaiah 30 notes
1)     The word of God is true v.8

2)     Fear always leads away from the grace of God.
 

a. Israelites ran from God due to fear of Assyrians “Do not be afraid” most often quoted command by God to his people
 

3)      We are only one decision away from the grace of God.
 

a. The restoring ministry of God is on the other side of repentance

 

b. Turning to God does not deny the reality of the challenges that I face but it does deny the authority of that challenge.
 

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.