Who Do You Love?

Today is Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Six more days until Election Day. Eight days until our Glen Rose Weekend.

Quote of the Day

“When everyone else is losing their heads, it is important to keep yours.” ― Marie Antoinette (Apparently, she really said this.)

Word of the Day

Temerarious (adjective tem-uh-RAIR-ee-us) – marked by temerity : rashly or presumptuously daring.

Today is Stress Awareness Day. Stress has been proven to be the cause of many dysfunctions and disorders in our lives, as well as a number of diseases. We should do whatever we can to eliminate stress from our lives. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done, as much of the time, the most stressful thing in our lives is our daily jobs.

The Cubs forced Game Seven, last night, beating the Indians 9-3. The final game will be tonight at 7:00 PM. History is against the Cubs, as, only twice in the last forty years, has the home team lost Game Seven in a World Series.

Not much else going on, here, other than waiting for the election to be over. Unfortunately, depending on the outcome, it could get even worse after the election. I voted last Saturday. I’m not particularly happy about it, either. Kind of felt like I needed to take a shower afterward.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
Psalm 96:5-6
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Psalm 33:20-22
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
Psalm 139:17-18
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

(From Praying With the Psalms)

A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!
But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
Psalm 125

Jerusalem was famous for being surrounded by hills. It was a safe city because of the “protective fortress” of hills surrounding it. We, the people of God, are surrounded by our Lord, who “cannot be moved” (v. 1). “Better than a city gate, better than a military fortification, is the presence of the God of peace.”

“‘Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger’ (St. Patrick). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15

Jesus never insists on obedience. That is why, when he sets these standards, they always start with “If.” He tells us what we should be doing, but never sets out to force us.

“The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love someone else in competition with him, viz., myself.”

Jesus help me to love you more than myself.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.