Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Saturday, May 23
“The commands of the Lord are radiant.”
Ps 19:8 NIV
THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD (2)
Observe: (1) “The commands of the Lord are radiant.” When people like Plato and Shakespeare speak, the effect of their words on us depends on what we bring to the process. Some of us may be informed and entertained, while others may be indifferent or bored. Their words could be described as intrinsically neutral. But this is not so with God’s words: They radiate! Like heat and light, they are sources of spiritual energy. They possess a dynamic power that produces change wherever it goes. Likewise, God’s Word is dynamic. It radiates transforming power that changes anyone who lives in its “environment”! (2) “The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy” (v. 9 NET). The Hebrew word for “trustworthy” comes from “certainty, honesty, and faithfulness.” With absolute confidence, you can stake your all on the reliability of God’s Word. It guarantees you that God says what He means, and means what He says. You can stand secure on every syllable of it. In other words, you can “live…by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4 NKJV). (3) “By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded” (Ps 19:11 CEV). God’s Word is more than just a list of “do’s and don’ts.” It’s like radar that signals you when you’re in danger of straying off course and getting into trouble. Your conscience alone is inadequate. “How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults…Don’t let them control me” (vv. 12-13 NLT). By obeying God’s Word, you will be “greatly rewarded”!
Sunday, May 24
“You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.”
1Sa 20:18 NIV
ARE YOU AFRAID OF LOSING SOMEONE?
Who’s the one person whose death you dread most? Is it causing you anxiety? If so, begin to put these things into practice: (1) Ask God for the grace to accept death as an inevitable part of life. Both you and your loved one will eventually die, and no one but God knows who’s going to do so first. Therefore, worrying about something outside your control only robs you of your peace and joy. (2) Maximize each moment. If you knew the exact date of your loved one’s departure, what would you wish you’d done? Or not done? Would you take that trip you’ve always talked about? Would you be less critical and more complimentary? Would you spend more time with them, and tell them more often that you love them? (3) Don’t give another moment of your time to silly arguments and little irritations. (4) Make every effort to be sure your loved one is in right standing with God. Then you can be assured they’re at peace, and that you’ll spend eternity together. (5) Remember, your loved one is God’s loved one too. And He loves them even more than you do. When the time comes, God will be right there with you. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Ps 23:4). (6) Try to picture your loved one in heaven. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there ye may be also” (Jn 14:2-3). The parting will only be momentary, but the reunion will be forever.