18 February: Why Bother with God?
Today’s chapter shows who my Maker is – for me – and why I should bother at all to pursue my relationship with Him…
READ DEUTERONOMY 4 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Today is the day my closest friend passed from this life because of brain tumours. She was the closest I’d come to having a sister here in the UK. She hadn’t yet reached 45. And so it is with a heavy heart, as I look out at this grey February morning, That I contemplate the frequently asked question: Why bother at all with God?”
Well, the plan that Linda had taken, and the one I’ve adopted, is to follow my Maker’s “Guidebook for Life” so that I’ll reach my destiny. With that said, today’s chapter shows me several reasons why I’d bother with following the Creator God’s lead.
For one thing, I’ll be able to go in (as my Linda has done, and as our son, Michael, had done before her), to take possession of “the kingdom” that the God of my ancestors, is giving to me. [v1] I don’t want to compromise by adding to His Plan or subtracting from it [v2], because whoever holds fast to the Lord[a] – as He really is – will LIVE. [v4] If I don’t learn from His Book of Life now, or learn how to follow His instruction now, I won’t know how to follow them in His Eternal Kingdom, that I’m entering into to take possession of. [v5] By observing His ways carefully, it’ll also show wisdom and understanding to the nations, who’ll hear about all God’s righteous decrees through what I’m sharing with you here. [v6]
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Wanting to connect personally with your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. [Psalm 100:1-2]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Argentina[c]
Your Country: The fulfilment of the “great commission”[d]
Yourself: Effective use of your time
Your concerns for today
I turned to You, Lord God, and plead with prayer and petition. Even in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes I pray to You. [Daniel 9:3]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
As for God, His way is perfect. The Lord’s word is flawless and He shields all who take refuge in Him. [2 Samuel 22:31]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Thank-you Lord that my inheritance can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for those who, through faith, are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. [1 Peter 1:4-5]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will
“The world and its desires will pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. [1 John 2:17]
[a] Matthew 10:22 and 24:12-13 (See also: 2 Timothy 2:19)
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 28:16-20
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31