Category: Faith

Morning Devotion 01/29/2018

Morning Devotion 01/29/2018

Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 (KJV)
16  When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)
17  Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

The wisest of all men, Solomon, was observing the activities of mankind one day to load up on wisdom and examine everything that was taking place on the earth. In his observation he noticed that the business of men seemed to never stop. They work day and night, some going without restful sleep because they are so consumed by their business. Others go without sleep searching to figure out the meaning of God and all His work, but Solomon realized that no matter how hard man labored to discover that knowledge he would never be able to attain it. God knows everything: past, present, and future and no “one” person will ever have that kind of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. The Psalmist David wrote about God’s all-seeing providence in the 139th Psalm. He made the statement that the knowledge of the Lord was so wonderful, it is high, he could not attain it. It was written in the book of Isaiah that the Lord’s thoughts and ways are higher than any man’s thoughts or ways. It is in Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 that Solomon continued his thought on the matter, For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. 2All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.” The simplicity and sum of Solomon’s wisdom can be found in the words of Jesus, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Humanity does not need to know all things, just trust the One who does. Accept the blessings as they come, learn by them to trust Him more. Receive your blessings today and walk by faith and not by your own understanding.

Morning Devotion 01/25/2018

Morning Devotion 01/25/2018

Mark 4:37-41 (KJV)
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Sometimes when you go through trials and problems it feels as if you are all alone. The disciples felt that way. The storm is raging, the waves are beating against the ship and the Master is asleep oblivious to the distress of the disciples on board. They were so afraid but at least they knew what to do, they called out to the Master. There are times that your faith is not strong enough to face the challenge but if you can always remember to call on the Lord, He is ready to help you in every situation. This story helps you to understand that no matter the trial or test you face, you do not need to be afraid. As long as Jesus is the Master of your life He will always be near to help you. This experience of the disciples teaches all of us that we could have enough faith to rebuke winds should our life be in danger. It is just a matter of having faith and exercising that faith to overcome any situations that pose as trials and tests. An individual’s life has been symbolically identified as a ship on the sea of life. Sometimes the sea is calm, and you are enjoying a peaceful journey. Then sometimes the waves become rough and you are not sure if you are going to make it. Never be afraid because the Master is on board. He will bless your life, you have the faith to speak to the storm. While it is calm receive your blessings to button down the hatches ready to meet the challenges on the sea of life.

My Devotion 11/03/2017

My Devotion 11/03/2017

Psalm 40:1-3 (KJV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

This is the Psalm that in 1898 inspired Henry Zelley to write the lyrics and Henry Gilmour to write the music to the song “He Brought Me Out”.  It contains five verses, but my favorite is “He placed me upon the strong Rock by His side, My steps were established and here I’ll abide; No danger of falling while here I remain, But stand by his grace until the crown I gain.” Then of course the chorus: “He bro’t me out of the miry clay, He set my feet on the Rock to stay; He puts a song in my soul today, A song of praise, hallelujah.” Anyone who has gone to church for very long probably has heard this song. But then maybe not, so many churches do not sing the old songs any more. It is a song with strong conviction and should be sung with gusto because of what the Lord has done for your life. It may have been the words of David during a time that he felt his life was in despair, but they are words that we all can relate to. When your life was filled with sin and you felt your feet were in sinking sand and you had nowhere to turn. Then the Lord heard the cries of your heart for help. He reached down and pulled you up from the pit that was holding you down. He set you on the rock and made sure you were steady. The day you felt the freedom from the bondage of sin is the day a new song formed in your heart. No more cries but singing began to flow from your heart: “I’ll sing of His wonderful mercy to me, I’ll praise Him till all men His goodness shall see; I’ll sing of salvation at home and abroad, Till many shall hear the truth and trust in God.” Yes, the hallelujahs are reverberating from the depths of your soul. It is a Psalm of testimony of what the Lord has done through the blood that was shed on Calvary through Jesus Christ. Now, instead of cries of despair it is praise for the many blessings that have come into your life. The blessings never stop. He blesses you with whatever you need every day.