Daily Devotion Saturday, August 31

Saturday, August 31, 2013 – Psalm 44; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31 and Mark 14:43-52

Psalm 44 – We have heard with our ears, O God,
our ancestors have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm give them victory;
but your right hand, and your arm,
and the light of your countenance,
for you delighted in them.

It is God who gives the victory.

On this the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it is good to remind ourselves that it is God who has given or gave us all the gifts we needed to do whatever we have done. What job do you have or did you have? What did you do for a “living”? Were you a teacher or a baker or maybe even a candlestick maker? Were you a salesman or a designer of clothing? What work did you or do you do to help others? It is God who gave you the gifts necessary to do all that you do or did.

In one of the calls for the offering that I have on file I say;

All that we have is the Lord’s. The earth is his — lakes and streams, hills, mountains, and planes, sun and rain — life itself. All that we are comes from God and, as his people, we are shaped by the working of his Holy Spirit among us. All that we give is the Lord’s. We are only stewards, returning what is rightfully his. In giving us himself through his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, we are rich beyond measure.

Friends it is God’s right hand and arm, and the light of God’s countenance, that gives us all we need to have and enjoy life. These gifts aren’t given just for our benefit nor simply for God’s benefit but so we may help others.

This day, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, give thanks for all God gave you and gives you that helps you do what you do; your mind, your intellect, your hands, your feet, your heart, the knowledge and skills that you acquired that help(ed) you do what you do.

Then also, take note of all who labor on your behalf so that you can do what you do. As I write that I think of the program designers, computer engineers, web people who make it possible for me to compose my daily devotions, save them, post them and send them on to others. It takes many for me to be able to do what I do daily. Wow!

O God, thanks for all the gifts you have given unto me and others that makes it possible to share your word across the many miles, possibly around the world. May I always be thankful for what you have given unto me and thankful for the gifts given and shared with me through others.

Those of you of Community Presbyterian Church, tomorrow we’ll be sharing in worship the many who help us do what we do. Come prepared to share those who labor on your behalf. Should be uplifting and humbling to think of all who help us.

Something else that would be fun from this daily devotion is hearing from you if you are far away from Forsyth, MO. It’d be interesting and fun to hear how far my daily devotion goes on a daily basis.

God’s blessings upon us all, may we be safe this Labor Day weekend.

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