Anger for A Moment, Favor for A Lifetime

Dad Devotion

Psalms 30:5For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Anger and weeping seem to go on forever, when we are in the midst of them. But when we look back from the vantage point of heaven, we will see just how brief they were and we will not remember the pain or the sorrow.

My Advice – You are favored by God because you are saved. Accept correction from Him when it comes. It lasts only for the moment but His favor carries into eternity. Look past your tears to the joy that will undoubtedly come.

Quiet Waters

Psalms 23:2,3He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – When we are at our wits end we do not always want to take time to rest. It is then that He takes hold of us and makes us rest. We scurry around frantically and He takes our hands to lead us. And suddenly we are rested and on the right path – rested.

My Advice – When rest comes unexpectedly in the midst of stress, and guidance in the midst of not knowing where to turn, consider it the hand of God.

A Better Perspective

Dad Devotion

Psalms 19:7-9The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We think of the laws and commandments as something to put us down and not revive, being a burden and not a joy, darkening our day not making it radiant. We need a better perspective.

My Advice – Want to be revived when you are weary, wise when you are perplexed, joyful when facing sadness and walk in the light in a dark world? Then consider God’s laws to be perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, enduring and sure, and act in accordance with them.

Show Yourself

Psalms 18:25-27To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – When we find ourselves questioning how God is dealing with us, we need to carefully consider how we are treating Him.

My Advice – How do you want God to deal with you? Did you know that it is largely in your control? If you “do right” by Him, He will “do right” by you.

Question of the Day – How can we show ourselves faithful?

Forget Me Not

Dad Devotion

Psalms 13:1, 2How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – David was a “man after God’s own heart,” yet he had moments of great despair and questioning of God. At the same time, He could see God’s goodness of the past and anticipate with trust in his coming salvation and deliverance.

My Advice – You can question and be sorrowful, but you need not despair. God has been good and faithful to you in the past, and He is willing and able to do the same in the future. Take comfort in that thought no matter what the circumstance.

Question of the Day – How easy is it to trust in God’s unfailing love when it seems like He is hiding His face from us?

God’s On Watch

Psalms 1:6For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked perish. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – There are times we would like to buy God a Rolex so He can tell what time it is, or a smart phone so He can get things scheduled. We are so impatient and want answers by a certain time and day. But God is not bound by these metrics. He goes by “the fullness” of time. When the time the wicked will perish. In the interim, He watches over the righteous.

My Advice – Do not fall into the trap of thinking that God is either unfair or asleep at the switch. No good deed will go unrewarded and no bad deed will go uncorrected. But God’s timing is not our timing. Even though you may be impatient, you can be sure His timing is the best timing.

Question of The Day – Why should we not want to rush God?

Things Too Wonderful

Job 42:3“You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – This is the way it is with man. We speak when we do not understand or know when we should be quiet and listen for God to instruct us.

My Advice – Be sure to acknowledge God when He shows you the way. For you will certainly find that His ways are best. Better by far than our ways. Be thankful He did not do it your way.

Question of the Day – What are some things that modern man is “speaking” that they do not understand.  Post your comments for others to see.