Devotional for Monday January 15th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “But I trust in You Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ The course of my life is in Your power.” Psalm 31:14-15 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “God is Sovereign, so trust Him for the future.”


One of the reasons our lives sometimes get out of balance is that we obsess about the future. We become so focused about preparing for it, and so worried about what could happen, that we don’t really enjoy or appreciate the life we have today.


Saving money is good. But if you’re so fanatical about saving money that you’re living like a miser today, that is bad. Storing some food and water, having an electrical generator in standby, and keeping a secure supply of cash on-hand in case of an emergency is a good thing. Developing a survivalist mentality is a bad thing. Locking your doors, having a home alarm, and keeping a firearm so you’re prepared for a potential future threat is smart. Becoming paranoid about it and turning your home into a fortress is not smart.


Psalm 31, the whole thing, reminds us that God is Sovereign over the course of our lives. He is Omnipresent (everywhere all the time); He is Omniscient (He knows everything); and He is Omnipotent (He is all-powerful). So there is nothing in your life now, or coming up, that God doesn’t know about and which He cannot handle.


That being the case, we can safely trust the future to Him and stop worrying about it so much. That doesn’t mean that we have no responsibility for preparing for the future, we do. We still have to do our part. We are supposed to save some money, and we should be prepared for potential emergencies, and we must take reasonable steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones from bad guys, etc. But we should not obsess about it and we should not allow such concerns to get us out of balance.


As I’m writing this I can’t remember the exact percentages involved, but I once came across a study by a group of psychologists regarding the things people fear and worry about it. In their research they discovered that something like 80% of the things we worry about never happen. Another 10% do happen but happen good instead of bad. And of the 10% of things we worried about that did happen and happened bad, most of them were not as bad as we thought they would be. And so we expend huge amounts of time and emotional energy worrying about, obsessing with, and preparing for things that probably won’t happen, or which will happen but will be good instead of bad, or, even if they are bad, won’t be as bad as we thought.


I encourage you to remember that God is Sovereign. So trust Him for tomorrow and allow yourself to enjoy today.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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