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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, February 20, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Moses reminds us that a thousand years are like a day to the Lord. God is not limited by time. It’s easy to get discouraged when years pass and the world doesn’t get better. But don’t assume that God has our limitations. God is completely unrestricted by time. Because he is eternal, we can depend on him.
God knows all our sins as if they were spread out before him, even the secret ones. We don’t need to cover up our sins before him because we can talk openly and honestly with him. But while he knows all that terrible information about us, God still loves us and wants to forgive us. This should encourage us to come to him rather than frighten us into covering up our sin.
Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have more wisely and for eternal good. Take time to number your days by asking, “What do I wan tto see happen in my life before I die? What small step could I take toward that purpose today?
Because our days are numbered, we want our work to count to be effective and productive. We desire to see God’s eternal plan revealed now and for our work to reflect his permanence. If we feel dissatisfied with this life and all its imperfections, we must remember our desire to see our work established is placed there by God. But our desire can only be satisfied in eternity. Until then we must apply ourselves to loving and serving God. (NLT)
Psalm 90:1-17 – Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end.
You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust!” For you, a thousand years are as yesterday! They are like a few hours! You sweep people away like dreams that disappear or like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all. We live our lives beneath your wrath. We end our lives with a groan.
Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty. But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we are gone. Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.
O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us see your miracles again; let our children see your glory at work. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our effort successful!
Lord, you have been our help, generation after generation. – Psalm 90:1 (CEB)
Jesus Quintanilla Osorio’s (Quintana Roo, Mexico) story is titled “REFUGE;” here is Jesus’ story:
“My mother is currently hospitalized because she is suffering from renal disease. I was with her yesterday for several hours. Even though I found it difficult to understand what she was saying, when she smiled at me she radiated the love of the God she has known all her life.
“My mother is a woman of prayer and reads the Bible with avid devotion every day. This year she started reading the entire Bible for the tenth time. Her faith in God has always been her refuge and her source of strength in difficult times. Her giving spirit has led her to provide shelter to the helpless, attend to the sick, and feed the hungry. She has repeatedly said to us: ‘My children, the legacy I leave you is to follow Christ.’
“Though her medical condition is serious, I know she is secure in the arms of our Lord. Her loving example reminds us that in days of prosperity or adversity we can find refuge in God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What legacy of faith will I leave for others?
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for providing loving examples of faith. Help us to follow them as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come. They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV).
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WITH RENAL DISEASE
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