Devotional for Thursday January 2nd

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Your life matters”

Our Bible verse for today: “For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:13-16 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “You are God’s greatest miracle.”

One of the most uplifting, encouraging, and helpful books I’ve ever read is “The Greatest Miracle in the World” by Og Mandino. It’s a tiny little book, only 4 x 6 in paperback and just 100 pages. It’s an easy and fun read. The story is loosely based on the real events of Mandino’s own life. It tells the ongoing story of a man he calls “The Ragpicker” and how this seemingly simple and poor old man (who is actually exceedingly kind and wise), befriends people who are down and out, at rock bottom in life, and helps them to see their true worth in God’s eyes. Once a person sees and embraces this important truth, it brings about an amazing transformation in their life.

It’s a beautiful and inspiring story. The most important chapter is the final one which is titled “The God Memorandum” and which is inspired by Psalm 139:13-16. “The God Memorandum” is a letter from God to you and it describes in exquisite detail what an amazing creation, an absolute masterpiece of God, that each person is.  The memo also helps us to see how it is that God is aware of and present in all the circumstances of our lives, and how He wants to use each moment and issue for your ultimate good. I encourage you to get the book and read it. If not, then at least Google “The God Memorandum” and read that chapter.

The point of the book, and especially of the last chapter, is the same point the Psalmist makes in Psalm 139:13-16: You are an amazing creation of God. He presided over your conception; He patiently and lovingly formed you in your mother’s womb; He was there for your birth; and He has observed every moment of your life since then. Beyond that, He has been involved in every moment of your life to the extent that you have allowed Him to be – and that will continue to be true to the extent that you allow it in the future. You are precious to God. He loves you more than you know. He wants the very best for you, and He will work in your life to bring that about if you will only let Him.

Og Mandino was right – you are God’s greatest miracle. You are His masterpiece and He loves you beyond words. Would you like to gain a better appreciation for how important you are to Him and how much your life matters? I encourage you to read the book.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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