Daily Devotional: Psalms 112:6-10
Surely, he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor. The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
1 Cor 16:13-14, 23-24
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
We all want God on our side, right? Abe Lincoln said that was not what was the most important thing but what he really wanted was for him to be on God’s side. When we are on God’s side, he will always be on our side. He wants everyone to do what is right, to seek him and trust him, so he wants to be with each of us and help us become more like him. This puts the burden of choice on each of us.
God made the choice to be on our side when he sent Jesus to the earth to be a man. It was the love of God for mankind that prompted him to do this. From the time he made Adam and Eve, he has wanted everyone to trust him and follow his will for our lives. He knows what is best and when we follow him, our lives will be better. Sure, there will be trials, but he will be with us through them all.
Jesus was a person just like us. He was tempted in all things, just as we are. Let that sink in. James says that we are tempted when we are carried away by our own desires – that is when we want to do something that is wrong, but we think it will give us pleasure or fulfill us or boost our ego or something we desire in some way for some reason. If Jesus was tempted like us, there were times that he wanted to do or say something that would have been wrong. Without desire to do wrong, there is no temptation. The difference between Jesus and us is that we give in to our sinful desires and he never did. He trusted God and overcame.
O Lord God, give me a pure heart that trusts in you and wants to be just like Jesus in every way. Help me think on things that are right, wholesome, lovely, and things that are in heaven above. Help me keep my eyes on Jesus and to yield myself to your Spirit to give me strength to do what is right in every way. Give me wisdom to listen better, to speak less and when I do, to say just the right thing. Help me empty myself of myself and live for you and for others around me. Give your healing to those who are suffering. I come to you in the name of Jesus.