Daily Devotion Wednesday, June 5th

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – Psalm 147:1-11; Deuteronomy 13:1-11; 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Luke 17:20-37

2 Corinthians 7:2-16 – 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.

Luke 17:20-37 – 33Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.

I think these two statements are related one to the other. Both may be saying the same thing, in two different ways. At least that’s how I’m hearing these statements today.

“Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation” and “those who lose their life will keep it.” When we realize how our life is focused upon this life, when we sense how we are trusting in other things or other ones than God and repent of the error of our ways we find real life, we discover where our salvation, our true salvation really lies.

When we trust in worldly things or ones and they are taken from us our sense is that a portion of who we are dies with them. When we trust in anyone or anything other than God it will fail us or be taken from us. This morning I heard on the news how several major league baseball players may be facing suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. They were good, they wanted to be better. We went through this not too long ago with other major players. We saw this with Lance Armstrong. Instead of trusting in their God given talents and abilities they tried to enhance their strength, their ability with things of this world.

My question for myself and for us today is; in what do we put our trust? God our creator, redeemer and sustainer? Or do we put our trust in people or things of this world? The later will be taken from us, the former will help us experience true life now and forever more. It’s our choice? The choice is before us.

God’s blessings on our day as we seek to love God and follow God’s life giving ways.

O God, reveal to me my misplaced trust and guide me to put my full faith and trust in thee, the Lord and giver of all life. I know you are the life giving God yet I tend to want to trust in things and people that will fail me. O Lord, forgive me and guide me to trust in you. Amen.

On a side note, I’ve had a real joy this spring and now into summer. A pair of eagles built a nest within eyesight of our back porch. A baby was born in early spring and now has taken flight. Yesterday we spotted mom, dad and baby sitting in a tree across the way. The eaglet has taken to flight and now is learning to fend for itself. This has been a real joy to be able to observe from a fairly short distance.

Psalm 147:1-11 – 1   Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. …

5   Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure. …

11  but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.

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