Daily Devotional: Psalms 55:22-23
22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. 23 But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.
1 Peter 5:10-11
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
The more we focus on God, the less we focus on ourselves. The more we set our minds on Jesus and living for him, the less we are concerned about the things of this life. The more we trust the Lord to take care of us, the less we are worried about the things around us and what happens to us. This does not take away our pain, it does not remove our problems. But it does give us strength to carry on as we let him work in and through us. Jesus will never forsake or leave us.
Trusting in a God whom we cannot see is not always easy. Depending on a man who died 2000 years ago to take away our guilt and give us peace does not make sense to our human minds. Believing that three God’s can be one but still three does not compute in our thinking. So, we live by faith and not by sight.
We are told that the wisdom of God will look foolish to us. When the wisest of mankind has reasoned and devised every kind of philosophy, the best we can come up with is foolishness to God. It is not in man to direct his own steps. In all our doing, even doing good deeds and being charitable to others, we cannot restore our relationship with the God who made us. Only he can remove our sin and make us right with him and he does this in Jesus.
It is by his grace and not our doing that we are made righteous. By his forgiveness we are restored (redeemed) to our relationship of union and peace with him. It is his love, his mercy and his grace that offers us the right to become his children with a promise of an eternal home with him. It is by faith that we accept his offer and are baptized into Christ. By this act of faith our sins are gone forever.
Heavenly Father, I am so very thankful for your love for me. I get caught up in the things of this world, making a living and taking care of daily tasks that need to be done and lose my focus on you. Help me always remember that life is about you, living for you and doing your will. Give me a servant’s heart so I will use all I am and all I have, to bring glory to you and to honor your name. It is so easy to think what I have is mine because I earned it, so remind me to share with others. Bless all who are seeking you and your will. I pray in the name of Jesus.