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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, May 27, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
God has “planted eternity in the human heart.” This means that we can never be completely satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits. Because we are created in God’s image, (1) we have a spiritual thirst, (2) we have eternal value, and (3) nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us. He has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect work that can only be found in his perfect rule. He has given us a glimpse of the perfection of his creation. But it is only a glimpse; we cannot see into the future or comprehend everything. So we must trust Him now and do His work on earth.
To be happy and do good are worthy goals for life, but we can pursue them in the wrong way. God wants us to enjoy life. When we have the proper view of God, we discover that real pleasure is found in enjoying whatever we have as gifts from God, not in what we accumulate. (NLT)
Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 – What do people really get for all their hard work? I have thought about this in connection with the various kinds of work God has given people to do. God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose in this is that people should fear him.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. . . . yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. –Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 (NIV)
Chelsia Calvert (Texas) titled her story “THE PUZZLE PIECES OF LIFE;” here is a portion of Chelsia’s story:
“When I take my son to the store to buy a new jigsaw puzzle, he makes his choice based on the picture on the outside of the box – the potential beauty that it can become. . . .
“We all face the kinds of struggles that can leave us puzzled by worry, anger, or sadness. We may feel broken, like the puzzle pieces in the bag. But God can always see the bigger picture – the picture on the outside of the box. As today’s reading says, ‘[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.’
“Although the burdens of life will arise, God takes the broken pieces of our pain, sadness, worry, and grief and works in them to create something beautiful and whole. God knows the potential we hold. When our hearts are heavy and our strength is low, we can trust that with God, our puzzles will be completed.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My life’s puzzle is always made beautiful by God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust that you are always at work in our lives. Amen.
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