Sail

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-On the narrow path-

Psalm 112 explains how God blesses those who praise Him, fear Him, and  delight in His commands (verse 1).  Our children will be blessed by our faithfulness (verse 2), our needs will be met (verse 3), we’ll become more gracious, compassionate, and righteous (verse 4), and more generous and discreet (verse 5).  Best of all, we’ll be secure in our hearts, unafraid of bad news (verses 6-8).

However, this isn’t a promise that bad news will never come.  We see all the disorder around us, every day.  But faith turns the bad news into items of prayer and opportunities for trust-we know God works all things together for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).  Because of God’s sovereignty and Christ’s resurrection, we have a peace the world can never understand.  Our hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah Pathways Devotional, October 16.

Photo credit: T. Vickrey

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Urgent

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In a self-serve/customer service/choices galore culture, we may have an inclination to self ( I wonder why!).  We don’t have to focus on self though.  Other options (more options!!) are:

  • serve God
  • serve others

We can allow God to supply what we need, and He will, while we focus on Him and on others.  The degree of surrender determines the degree of God’s ‘footprint’ in your life.  Less of you makes room for more of Him (John 3:30).

Photo credit: T. Vickrey