Devotional for Wednesday November 4th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.” Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Thank God for your life”
 
From the moment of conception your life is a gift from God to begin with, and then every day afterwards is pure grace. The fact that we exist at all is a gift from God for which we should be grateful and for which we should thank Him. Now-a-days, with abortion as common as it is, for a baby to survive the womb is something of an accomplishment.
 
And then, from the moment of birth onward, we face the potential for death every day of our lives. Infant mortality is a common problem. In many places around the world children only have a 50/50 chance of surviving to their fifth birthday. As I was writing this devotional my thoughts drifted to a childhood friend of mine by the name of Keith. He died at only 17 in a tragic car accident. Then I remembered Rick, another young friend. He died at 20 from a heroin overdose. Just three days ago Linda and I buried our daughter Tracy. She was only 49. As I stood at the gravesite an older woman approached and told me that she could relate to our pain because her own son died young, and many decades later she still feels the loss.
 
In Psalm 39:4-5 David was reflecting on the brevity and temporary nature of life. Even if we manage to live a full life of normal length, it is still brief compared to the span of history, and certainly when compared to eternity. David reflected on this truth again in Psalm 144:4 where he wrote, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” And life can end so suddenly! That’s what James was referring to when he wrote in James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
 
I often hear people complain about getting old – usually in a joking manner but complaining none-the-less. When I hear such comments my thoughts always go to those who never had the privilege of growing old.
 
Every day of life is a gift from God, an act of pure grace on His part. When was the last time you paused to thank God for your life? Why not do so right now?
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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