A Thousand Elsewheres

Psalms 84:10Blessed is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Unfortunately, our actions can be just the opposite. We spend the thousands elsewhere, devoting little time to spending with God (reading His Word, prayer, church).

My Advice – The allure of the world is strong, but do not let it take you away from God. Even in abundance (a thousand times over) it cannot satisfy as much as a single moment spent walking with God.

Imagination Is Not Enough

Psalms 51:1Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – The mercy that we receive from God is according to His love and compassion, not by our expectations. There is little we could expect, but what we receive is limitless.

My Advice – Do not place a limit on God’s love and compassion. They are greater than anything you can possibly imagine.

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.

 

We’ll See

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Matthew 7:9-11“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (NIV1984)

My Musing – Who among us, when we were children did not play dad off against mom or mom against dad, until we got the answer we wanted?  I wonder Continue reading “We’ll See”

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.

 

Fleeting Shadows, Enduring Impact

Job 14:1 – “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We feel so self-important at times, but there have been many people throughout history of greater worth. Yet their time is gone. Like us they spring up and wither away. The difference is in the impact they made while they were here. We will not endure, but we should try to live a life that leaves an impact and that endures long after we are gone.

My Advice – Make the most of the time that you have. When you are young, with your whole life ahead of you, it may seem like you have all the time in the world. When you are older, looking back, you wonder where the years went. Be able to look back with few regrets of moments that were lost or wasted.

Even If I Perish

Esther 4:16 – “When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – As harsh as it may sound, this should be our attitude when responding to God’s call. If it costs us everything we must still be willing to answer the call. This is not being fatalistic. It is being faithful to the One who sent His Son to die for our sins. We can never pay back that debt, but we can make down payments.

My Advice – Be devoted to God and obedient to His call. The cost will usually not be this high. He is more interested in the willingness than He is in the execution.