Devotion for November 22, 2022

“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.” (Psalm 111:2)

We have a great amount of uncertainty about the length of our existence here on Earth, and we don’t know what lies ahead of us that we have to face before we die. But we do have the certainty of God’s grace right now.

No matter what the future holds for us, we can be confident that God will lead us into it, remain at our side as we experience it, and remind us over and over again that nothing will happen, and there’s nothing we can do that will ever make him stop loving us.

Or, as the psalmist said: The Lord is gracious and compassionate; he remembers his covenant; the works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are steadfast forever and ever; holy and awesome is his name.

So even though we have uncertainty about how long we will live here, we can live each day as a brand-new opportunity to rejoice in what God has given us, to say thank you to him, and in response to his grace, offer service to those about us.

We can make plans and decisions for the future. We can look forward to many different experiences, good and bad, through which God can continue to teach us to trust in him, so he can mould and shape us into the kind of people he still wants us to become.

We can recommit ourselves to action. And we can pledge our support to the work of God’s church willingly and joyfully — even though it may cost us a great deal.

When God is in control, we can live every day as if it were our last, and we can live every day as if it were our first.

Today, and all the tomorrows that God may give us, can be a time of renewal and refreshment as he showers his love, forgiveness, mercy and peace all over us.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for all that You do for me in my life. I pledge to use the gifts You give me in service to You, to the glory of Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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