Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Happy Thanksgiving, from Canada! There are so many things to be thankful for. Where do we start? This week’s devotion focusses on God’s salvation, faithfulness and Word, for which we are forever grateful. Let’s top up our coffees and get started…
Readings for Sunday, October 20: 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 32:22-30; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14..4:5; Luke 18:1-8
… he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you… He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:3b-5a, 7b-8
Like parents lovingly watch over their precious little baby, so God watches over us. Like a helpless, totally dependent baby sleeps with the greatest of peace and contentment, so we can rest in knowing that our God is watching over us with the greatest of care and diligence. His care is perfect and always there. There is nothing we need to fear. He will not let our foot slip. He is our shade. Not even the sun can harm us by day nor the moon by night. He will keep us from all harm. Where else can such help come from?
Only in God our maker, who loves us so much that he took upon himself the remedy for our sin and redeemed us through his own son, can we find the help we need to get through our days. Only in him can we be confident in our life’s journey. Only in knowing him through his word can we fully know what he desires for us. He has given us his Holy Word to help guide us. For “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy3:16-17)
His word equips us for every good work he has in store for us, every trial that comes our way, every sin we may commit, every choice we have to make, and every reason to celebrate. He gives us his word to remind us that he is watching over us day and night. It reminds us that he will never leave us. May it always remind you that he loves you, that in Christ he has redeemed you, and that he will never ever leave you no matter what comes your way. So take heart and rest in knowing you are being watched over with such great love and care. Sleep like a baby knowing he is watching over you always, and forever!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I life up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2) Thank-you! Help me to always remember that you are watching over me. When I am seeking help and guidance, help me to always turn to your living word. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!