Daily Easter Devotion Saturday, May 3

Saturday, May 03, 2014 – Psalm 149; Exodus 17:1-16; 1 Peter 4:7-19 and John 16:16-33

1 Peter 4:7-19 – 7The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

John 16:16-33 – 16“A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”

This past week I had someone explain to me that we are in the last days. We may be. I don’t doubt that one day this world will come to an end and what will be will be God’s kingdom. In 1 Peter 4 we hear; “The end of all things is near”. Jesus even told his disciples that he would be coming back soon.

The reading from John 16 speak of Jesus death, resurrection and ascension. The early Christians believed and we believe Jesus will come again. When, only the Father knows.

Today, I found myself thinking about how time now flies for me. When I was Mackenzie’s age, 6 going on 7 days, weeks, months and years passed very slowly. Now that I’m 61 the years are flying by. Every year time flies by faster and faster and faster. If this is true for me who is 61, time must really fly by for God who is eternal.

God was in the beginning and will be in the end. So, a thousand years is like one day unto God and a thousand years like one day. (Psalm 90:4 &  2 Peter 3:8) I really believe to God time does not exist. What is important to God is the day that is. “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

In a book that I am reading with a couple of my friends, “The Art of Pastoring, Contemplative Reflections” by William C. Martin; in the reading for the second day the author says in his observations; “The first question is ‘What is time?’ The second question is ‘Where are you?’ The only correct answer to the first is, ‘Now!’ And the only correct answer to the second is, ‘Here!’”

We do tend to worry about tomorrow or find ourselves unable to forget the past. What is important is the here and the now.

Today, seek to enjoy the special moments you find in the here and the now. Enjoy this day that the Lord has made and is blessing us with.

O Lord, let me not worry about tomorrow but only focus on the here and now. May I truly enjoy this day that you have made and are making. May I rejoice and be glad in every moment and experience within it. Amen.

Psalm 149 – 1   Praise the Lord!

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