Go Get A Life–Day 3

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Go Get A Life | 0 comments

Go Get A Life–Day 3 Psalms 127   “Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late.” Some years ago, when my two eldest sons were much smaller they overheard a conversation about someone’s home being burglarized. Going to bed that night, both boys were concerned and wanted to make sure our family did not experience the same fate as others who had suffered a home invasion. Fear had taken control of their little hearts, so after my wife and I had fallen asleep, the two boys decided to rig the house in the event a burglar decided to pay us a visit. Not only did they rig the house with booby traps but both boys stayed awake clinching in their little hands a plastic baseball bat and a wooden toy rifle. How do I know this?  Well, let’s just say when I was awakened by a dry mouth and when I walked out of...

Go Get A Life—Day 2

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Go Get A Life—Day 2 Psalms 127   “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it.” The expression, “Go get a life.” is an idiom or catch phrase that has several uses, however; there are two applications I believe particularly fitting for this week’s devotional. First, whenever someone is spending an inordinate amount of time on something that is hopeless they are encouraged to, ‘Go get a life.’  Second, whenever someone is meddling in the affairs of someone else and getting in the way they are told to, ‘Go get a life.’ In both examples, either the one spending a lot of time on something hopeless, or spending time meddling in someone else’s affairs, precious time, that could be used for something more constructive, is taken away from what really matters. What really matters to you? Think about how much time and effort we spend fretting over things we have...

Go Get A Life

By on Jan 7, 2019 in Go Get A Life | 0 comments

Go Get A Life Psalm 127 “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” Several years ago, I was reading a modern leadership journal when I read a story about a prominent businessman who was terminally ill. He permitted a young local writer to come and interview him while upon his death bed. Upon arrival, the writer was impressed by the property with a beautiful, large house and lovely cobblestone driveway. At the door the young writer was greeted and taken to the room of the businessman. When he walked into the room he saw not only the person to be interviewed, but the man’s wife, children, and grandchildren. Excited to spend time with such a...

My Traveling Companion—Day 5

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My Traveling Companion—Day 5 Psalms 121 “The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” As we conclude this week’s devotional series, we will meditate on a portion of the devotional text that can seem a bit confusing. Our devotional passage says, “The Lord will protect you from all evil; he will keep your soul.” Two words leave us curious: Evil and Soul. The Hebrew word for evil is, raʿ, rah; the meaning is that which causes harm, destruction or misfortune. Then there is the word for soul. The Hebrew word for soul is, nephesh, neh´-fesh; the word means a breathing creature. So, God can keep us breathing even in the midst of adversity, affliction, calamity or misfortune. How do we trust God to keep us when many of us know of others who were more...

My Traveling Companion—Day 2

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My Traveling Companion—Day 2 Psalms 121 “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” It is only wise to look to the strong for strength and to look anywhere else but to God for strength would be vain. How else can we make it except the Lord be our strength and help? The writer says, “I will lift up mine eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?” The author was sure that no other support would suffice but that which came from above, high on top of the mountains. Living fifteen years in Denver, I spent a lot of time in the mountains.  Many hikes were taken in the valley where it would become dark early because of the sun being blocked by the peaks of the mountains. In the valley, there was not much of an advantage. I could not see many things because of the trees. If...