Today is Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Day 22,062.
Twelve days until S turns 25!!!!
60 days until Galveston!
“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld, BrainyQuote
The word for today is last-ditchery, “The action of fighting to the last ditch; the maintaining of resistance or opposition to the end.”
There isn’t much to talk about, this morning. I’m in the midst of a bit of a cold (sinu-bronchitis?), so we didn’t make to the Y last night (and won’t tonight, either, unless I miraculously begin to feel better today). The Red Sox had the night off, and the Rangers lost to the Mariners 4-3 in twelve innings. That makes them 49-65 on the season, and 23 games back in the AL West.
The Athletics continue with the longest winning streak, now at six games. The Orioles and Royals are still battling for the worst spot, now tied with 34-78 records, almost exactly the opposite of the Red Sox.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
A Song of Ascents.
Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD!
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!
May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!
This is the last of the Songs of Ascent. It is simply a call to come praise the Lord, lifting up hands toward His holy place.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’ve started adding verse 5 to this, now, whenever I quote this passage. I believe that it is important to preface the thought of not being anxious about anything with the truth that “the Lord is at hand.” It is much easier to succeed in not being anxious when we know that God is present. Now, the truth of the matter is that God is always present. I’ve talked about this before. There is nowhere that I can go that God is not. He is everywhere. The Psalmist wrote, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” (Psalm 139:7-8) So when someone begins quoting Philippians 4:6-7, try to remember to add verse 5, at least the second half of it. “The Lord is at hand.”
If we couple that passage in Philippians with Psalm 55:22 and 1 Peter 5:7, we have a “trifecta of truth.” Heh. I just made that up. Sorry.
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Again, there’s a verse that really needs to be included with the commonly quoted verse. 1 Peter 5:6, which is part of the sentence, tells us to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, and, in humbling ourselves, casting our anxieties on Him. If we try to do the second part without doing the first part, it just may not work.
So, for today, remember that 1) the Lord is at hand, so we can succeed in not being anxious because we know that He is with us; 2) He will sustain us when we cast our burdens upon Him; and 3) we can cast our cares and anxieties on Him when we humble ourselves before Him, because He does truly care for us.
Father, I thank You for these easily accessible truths from Your word. Help me to remember these words today, and may You also help all who might stumble across and read this, because everyone has some kind of anxiety in their lives. And we all need You in our lives. May we all remember that You are with us, all the time. There is nowhere that we can go that You are not (including some places that we probably shouldn’t go), so let that be a comfort to us, knowing that, everywhere we drive or walk today, You are right there with us, loving us, protecting us, and providing for us.
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.