Daily Devotional: Psalms 62:1-6
1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will never be shaken. 3 How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down--this leaning wall, this tottering fence? 4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Selah 5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.
1 Cor 2:2-5
2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
We read so often that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or by faith, David or Moses or Noah or someone else did something. While this is true, he is the God of Robert and Dianne. By faith (insert your name) can do whatever God has called me to do. But what has God called you or me to do in our time?
God has called me to be a good husband, a loving father and a grandfather who teaches his grandson to love the Lord and follow his word. Do we pray for God to use us and to lead us into his service and then open our lives to him? Do we look for the opportunities to be what he wants us to be or to help those in need? By faith we can give a kind word to someone who is struggling or by faith we can share our hope in Christ with someone we meet in town or with our neighbor.
But faith will not grow like poke salad in a pile in the field. (If you live in the south, you know that every pile of anything will sprout some poke salat.) Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. Faith comes by trusting God to help us with the small things at first and then as it grows, so will our exercise in him. Faith is also nourished by prayer. The more we pray to the Father, the more we learn we can trust him to guide us, to lead us in his way and use us in his service.
O Lord God, open my heart to be filled with your righteousness and your love for all of mankind. Instill in my heart a greater faith to trust you in every part of my life and give me a willingness to be used by you. Give me patience to wait on you and your answers to my prayers. Thank you for my family and the joy each of them gives to me. Thank you for my friends who encourage me by just being my friend. Help me be a friend to others, to be a better listener and like Barnabas, to be an encourager. Forgive me when I fail. I humbly pray in Jesus name.