Daily Devotional: Psalms 107:10-16
10 Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, 11 for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. 12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. 15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, 16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.
2 Tim 2:8-13
8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Nothing is absolute but everything is relative. At least this is what the world would have us believe. There are several things wrong with this philosophy but the first and most glaring is that the statement itself is contradictive and cannot be true. As an absolute statement, it cannot be absolute and therefore it must be false. Of course, the reason the world wants to believe this is to escape the guilt that come from not obeying the will of God. Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has tried to convince mankind that God does not mean what he says.
The word of God is absolute and cannot be broken. When our ideas contradict what it says, we are wrong and God is right. Jesus said the word of God is truth. In fact, Jesus said that he is truth revealed and personified. He is life and only in him can we have eternal life. So we must make a choice – we either submit to God in Jesus Christ and serve him or we ignore him and live for self, sin and Satan.
O Lord God, giver of life in this world and eternal life hereafter, I am thankful for all you do and have done for me in more ways than I can even know. Thank you for the abundant spiritual blessings in Jesus Christ. Thank you for the physical and material things you have given me to enjoy and to use to help others. Help me combine these and use them in a way that will bring glory to you. I am so thankful for all of those who have been and who are an encouragement to me. Use me to help and encourage others. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior and Lord.