Today is Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Hump day. Day 21,944.
Five days until jury duty.
Mother Teresa (not her birthday), said, “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” (BrainyQuote)
The word for today is astroturfing, a noun which means, “the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product, cause, etc., undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion.” I think there may be more of this going on than we realize.
The Red Sox pounded Severino and the Yankees, last night, 14-1. This increased their winning streak to nine consecutive games since losing Opening Day. Their record is now 9-1. They scored nine runs in the sixth inning, including a Mookie Betts over-the-monster grand slam, as Chris Sale finally got his first win of the season. This is the best season start in Red Sox history. They continue their series with the Yankees tonight.
The Rangers lost badly to the Angels, last night, 11-1, as Martin Perez gave up eight runs in his second start of the season. They are now 4-9 on the season.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
You split open springs and brooks; you dried up ever-flowing streams.
Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.
Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs, and a foolish people reviles your name.
Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.
Have regard for the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.
Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
Do not forget the clamor of your foes, the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!
Many times, I have felt like praying those last two verses, as I ponder the apparent inactivity of God in our society. It doesn’t mean he is not working, and I believe that he is. It just seems as though he is not defending himself, sometimes, as the “foolish scoff” at him “all the day!”
I am with you always . . .
It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I’m reminded today, by Daily Guideposts, of something that we all need to remember. We are never alone.
Have you ever been afraid to take the first step in a journey, but then when someone else offered to walk alongside you, it suddenly became much easier? How many of us have faltered in our walk of faith out of fear of the unknown? But then, we remember that there is always someone alongside us in every step we take. That “someone” is Jesus in the form of the Holy Spirit. We are never alone. Jesus is always with us, in front of us, behind us, on both sides, above, below, and even inside.
One of my memory verses is Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (And yes, I just typed it from memory.) That is a wonderful verse to have handy in my mind, to remind me that God is always with me and I have nothing to fear.
When we remember these things, the words of Dallas Willard are absolutely true. “This present world is a perfectly safe place for us to be.”
Father, thank you for your presence, and for the presence of Christ in my life at all times. Remind me of this truth when I am afraid.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22
Grace and peace, friends.