Devotion for April 29, 2022

“You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.” (Psalm 118:28)

In recent times, some celebrities in our country have passed on or completed a journey. There has been incredible admiration and celebration of their achievements in their particular avenues of life. I may have missed it, but I did not hear any mention of thanks to God. There have also been many reports about the lives of leaders in our community, with ho-hum references to their Christianity that are “by the way” and not really important or necessary.

Why are we so reluctant to talk about God in public or give praise to him for what he has given us? Do we fear that if we do it, we might be ridiculed, or aren’t we sure about what he has done? We can say with certainty that we are going to live with God now and into eternity. Yes, really! He has saved us for that. Knowing that, we can strive to live daily giving thanks, celebrating his greatness and proclaiming his goodness.

To many, that might seem “soppy”, and it’s not really warranted because look what we have achieved. But after that, after all the accolades, when time has taken over, guess who’s still here? Yes, God is. He is here now with us, and he’s also where we are going, ready and prepared. Let’s not be shy. Let’s start the festival and march around the altar because the Lord is good, and his love is eternal.

Prayer

I know you, God, and I want to be part of your team, living a life that reflects the love of Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike