Daily Devotional: Psalms 73:8-14
8 They scoff and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. 11 They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?" 12 This is what the wicked are like--always carefree, they increase in wealth. 13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence. 14 All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.
Matt 6:9-13, 24, 33-34
9 "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.'
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
There are two kinds of people in the world. First, there are those who think they can do it all on their own and what they have is theirs – they earned it and they control it (so they think). Then there are those who know that all they have is from God and what they accomplish is by his grace. While these seek to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to them, they know that ultimately God is in control. This later way of thinking is the reality and truth of life.
We can ignore God and even deny his existence but his does not change the fact that he is creator and sustainer of all we know in this life. Every good gift is from our God. All the beauties of nature and all the intellectual progress and all of the technological advances come from his mind, his wisdom and his power. Mankind has never created anything. We only discover what he has made and put here for our use. When we serve him, he has promised to take care of us.
O Lord God, Holy and reverend is your name above all things in heaven and earth. In humility I come to you with thanksgiving for all you have done for me in my life and for all you have given me to enjoy. I am so thankful for my physical family but also for my spiritual family in Jesus Christ. Thank you for showing me how to love others as you love me. Give me greater faith to practice your love, your mercy, your compassion and forgiveness. Use me to help others as they seek to serve you and as they face the many problems of this life. I pray for your guidance and your blessings on our nation and our leaders. I pray in the name of Jesus.