DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-12-17
WRITTEN AT: Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS
BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 146:2-6
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
BIBLE TEXT: 2 I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing praises to him as long as I live. 3 Don’t depend on your leaders for help. Don’t depend on people, because they cannot save you. 4 People die and are buried. Then all their plans to help are gone.
5 It is a great blessing for people to have the God of Jacob to help them. They depend on the Lord their God. 6 He made heaven and earth. He made the sea and everything in it.…..
OBSERVATION: I find it interesting that throughout our lives we actually place our trust in many individuals. But the older we grow, the more we tend to lose these great people – death, sickness and disappearance from our lives in various ways. However, God’s Word is extremely powerful and we can look to It for ALL aspects of life. I hope that we could think for a few minutes today about the reason we do, or do not, place our trust in the One that will never let us down.
APPLICATION: As a child we depended heavily on mom and dad, even though most kids would defy that claim! However, one day they died, or we got married and moved out, and we felt lost and without any guidance. For they were faithful to us and loved us unconditionally. In school we learned to respect our teachers, because again, they showed that they cared about the decisions we made and the direction in which we would go looking for success. But suddenly we graduated, and those teachers went on to care for a new set of kids. Then came our job(s), and our boss seemed to have cared, but yet we knew that we were just a tool in his toolbox to help him strive for more profits. But it worked for us, so we either retired or left for various reasons, and suddenly we were on our own again. But for the child of God, you might remember the day you were introduced to Jesus. For those who truly accepted His lordship of their lives, I’m sure you will join me in celebrating much like David did in verse 2, for we have seen the glory of God in our relationship with His Son. We have witnessed His mighty works and we have enjoyed His many blessings. His love for us has been evident in everything we have accomplished, everything we have touched and everything that we plan for our remaining time here on earth. BUT, we can also rejoice in the fact that not only will our Master be there for us while here on earth, but after death also. For then we could look forward to an even greater reward through endless praise and worship at His feet, around the throne of our God! I don’t know about you precious friend, but that’s enough to rejoice over! Fortunately the Scriptures also speak to those of you who have chosen to exclude Jesus from your life, for the Scriptures also apply to you, when it says that Satan has a place also prepared for you. We know the place as ‘Hell’, and we know what you might expect there. For we know that there will be eternal damnation, fire and brimstone, even more hatred and punishment than you ever encountered here on earth. It’s not good friends. But it doesn’t have to be the final answer, for as long as you are alive, my Savior will also listen to your cry for forgiveness. I have provided Scripture references in my Footnote (click on ‘To Know Jesus’) that will help you make this change, plus I will remain available to help you, if you simply ask. Please contact me about this, for all hope of a bright and eternal life lies in the One who created it all – life, this world, family, friends, spouse, children, and heaven itself. Jesus is the answer, my friend!
PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for loving me, accepting me as Your very own, and for providing an eternal home for me where I might worship You endlessly with Your Father! I believe there are many who will read this devotional who will recognize their shortcomings in finding someone in whom they could place their faith and trust for all times. Please speak to Your children today. Please soften hardened hearts so that they may stop, listen and accept Your invitation to take charge of their lives. Oh Lord, may today be an awesome day of decision making for many, because of Your involvement and You tenderly speaking to them. May You be glorified today, oh Lord. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!