Category Archives: Devos

Singing in the rain!

Singing in the rain 2I just finished reading Psalm 57 and jotted this in the margin of my Bible…

“I’m singing in the rain! I’m going to trust the Lord through all the storms of life! I’m going to shout His steadfast love and faithfulness to the heavens until He drives away the dark clouds of trouble and trials!”

And here is what prompted that comment and resolve from the Bible…

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (From Psalm 57 ESV)

I want my life to matter MORE than just a nameless statue or memorial somewhere!

Memorial statue 2Today we visited a beautiful park in Springfield, Missouri – the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park… It’s filled with walking trails, beautiful trees, wonderful gardens, displays, a lake and plenty of benches – there are also places to sit, rest, engage in conversation with friends, to read and reflect. There are also several nameless memorial statues and bronze figureheads in the park.

I’m sure there are many people over the years who have frequented the park for all those reasons – some of them very important people. Some of them even posed for the statues that are to be found in the park (see the attached picture)…

As I walked there today a thought – no more than that, a personal warning crossed my mind. Here it is: I want my life to be more than just a memorial – a figurehead – of significance and godly living.

Likely the lady depicted by the stature, was as she is shown – an avid reader and a thoughtful person. Perhaps she was a godly individual, active in her church and community. She may have been a Sunday school teacher or perhaps was very involved in the ladies group there. She may have been a wonderful mother and faithful wife. Those who knew her were blessed by her life and honored her memory… now she is just a memorial – a figurehead – a statue of a woman sitting on a bench reading a book.

I want my life to matter! I want to be involved in doing the Lord’s work, serving others, loving sincerely, and living a godly, exemplary life. I don’t want that kind of lifestyle to simply be something that I once was involved in – a mere memory. I want to be involved in serving the Lord and making a difference in the lives of other to the very end. I fear simply becoming what I saw in the park today. Even after I’m gone I long for my life to be a catalyst of service, of commitment, of faithfulness, of righteousness, of love and of significant living. I want my life to matter for both time AND eternity! How about you?

Open doors… provide both opportunities and adversaries

An open door

Here’s a reality that every sincere pastor and other godly spiritual leader has experienced… “A wide door for effective work has opened…and there are many adversaries!” (1 Corinthians 16:9)

Hey, you’re in good company… Apostle Paul is the one who originally said it! We experience adversaries human and spiritual (…little “s” – Ephesians 6:12) and behind them all, the great “Adversary” – Satan himself!

But there is a better word from the Lord in spite of the adversaries!!! – “I know your works… Behold [look and see!], I have set before you an open door, WHICH NO ONE IS ABLE TO SHUT!” (Revelation 3:8)

So take heart weary pastor and discouraged spiritual leader as we approach Easter Sunday!!! The great resurrection chapter of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 declares, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is NOT IN VAIN!”

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