Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all. Psalm 103:1-4, 17-19
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There is a story of a farmer whose horse ran away. That evening the neighbors gathered to commiserate with him since this was such bad luck. He said, "May be." The next day the horse returned, but brought with it six wild horses, and the neighbors came exclaiming at his good fortune. He said, "May be." And then, the following day, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. He said, "May be." The day after that, conscription officers came to the village to seize young men for the army, but because of the broken leg the farmer's son was rejected. When the neighbors came to say how fortunately everything had turned out, he said, "May be."
Our story places in stark contrast the way the farmer views the events of his life and the way his neighbors do. The farmer’s neighbors immediately wrap up each event into neat little packages of either “good fortune” or “misfortune.” The farmer, however, is not willing to react so quickly and offers his “maybe” response after each event. For me, there is something about this approach by the farmer that rings true and it corresponds well with the way I think I need to view the events of my life as a Christian believer. His “maybe” after each life event reminds me that I need to withhold judgment concerning the events of my life because God is in charge and is not through yet in regard to how He will entirely work out and incorporate that event in the grand scheme of things. Too often, we are like the farmer’s neighbors, quick to pass judgment on the life events that come our way. As a result, we allow these events to define who we are: I am in the pit of despair; I am on a happiness high; or I am too numb to care (because of so many ups and downs). This week’s Devotionals seek to take the farmer’s “maybe” and put it in a framework of understanding that helps us find a higher plane (God redeems your life from the pit) on which to travel through life with its so-called “good fortunes” and “misfortunes.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I know I need more of the “higher plane” and less of the “pit” in my life. I am more like the farmer’s friends than the farmer in how I treat the events of my life. I want to gain a fuller understanding of what is being said and to see a lot of corresponding change in me this week. Please help my life reflect that you are in control and are not through yet with the outworking of the events of my life. Amen!
Posted on Mon, July 17, 2017
by Ken Hart