Devotion for July 9, 2021

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

It’s reported that in 1949 Captain Edward Murphy, an engineer working on a project for the United States Air Force, became angry because of a wrongly wired transducer. Scolding the technician responsible, Murphy said, “If there’s any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it!” Over time such thinking became known as Murphy’s Law. Basically it states, “Nothing is as easy as it looks. Everything takes longer than you expect, and if anything can go wrong, it will — at the worst possible moment.” How negative! Who would enjoy life if they lived it according to that philosophy? Because they always expected the worst — they’d get it! God’s law disagrees completely with Murphy’s Law.

The world may expect Murphy’s Law to operate in their lives, but as a redeemed child of God, you need to resist that kind of thinking and embrace God’s law. In essence, here’s what it says: “If anything can go right, it will. Nothing is as difficult as it looks. Everything is more rewarding than it appears, and if anything good can happen to anybody, it’ll happen to me.” Think how much more you could enjoy life if your thoughts agreed with God’s law, and not Murphy’s. The fact is, God has a great life for you — one He wants you to enjoy to the fullest.

So instead of blowing everything out of proportion and contradicting God’s Word, stand on this promise: “We know … all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). That’s what it means to live by God’s law — not Murphy’s!

Heavenly Father, because of Your Grace and Mercy — I can look forward to today, knowing You have good plans for me. Thank You, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike

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