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.
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
To be a Christian is much more than becoming a member of a church (local) or even the church (in a universal sense). While the Lord adds those who are saved to his church and in so doing, we become a part of the body of Christ, this is about our relationship with the Lord and with others who are saved. This is a change for us and opens opportunities for us to be served and also for us to serve others.
When we choose to serve God and we come to Christ on his terms, everything in our life changes. It is not just a relationship change, we become a new person as our minds are made new by the Holy Spirit. The things of this world that once we held dear, no longer are of major importance. But the biggest change is that we now know how to love and to forgive others. We have reason to quit all of our worrying as we put our trust in God to take care of us and our needs.
While most of us are concerned about our nation and who seems to be in control, the most important thing we can do is pray. God is in control, Jesus is the King of kings and he is Lord of lords. We can do our part to be faithful to God and bring others to Jesus Christ. This is what will bring the changes we want and need.
Heavenly Father, I do ask you to be with the leaders of our land; both on a local level, state level and on the national scene as well. Help me always show respect to them, whether I agree or disagree and whether I approve or disapprove of their actions and their philosophies. I pray that we can have peace among our leaders and our citizens. Give a sense of wisdom to those in the media that they will seek peace and not do those things that create strife. Help me use what you have given me to help those who are less fortunate than I. In Jesus name I pray.