Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 24, 2017

Thought for the Week July 30, 2017

As I mentioned last week, Dr. George Wood writes encouraging letters to all Assembly of God ministers every quarter and his most recent letter really hit home with me. If you didn’t get a chance to read last week’s “Thought”, please catch it before reading this one because it will give you the basis to understand the rest of Dr. Wood’s letter. Here is the remainder of his letter:

“While I learn to relax in my responsibility to only connect this morning’s to this evening’s dot, I find scriptural prayer language on my lips. I awaken in the morning and say, This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). Although the language of Psalm 90:12 is figurative, Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom, I have taken to applying it literally. On any given day, I know exactly what number of day it is in my life. (You can figure out how many days old you are here: Each day, like a grain of sand, is special in the hourglass of my life. More days in this mortal tent are behind me than before me. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day, (2 Corinthians 4:16).

“Through the window of my twenty-four-hour day, I am looking and longing for the eternal day: the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), the day of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:2), and the day of judgment (Romans 2:16). If I permit Him to live in me this day, then I will be blameless on that Day (1 Corinthians 1:8), what I do today will survive the fire of that Day (1 Corinthians 3:13), and what I have entrusted to Him will be guarded by Him unto that Day (2 Timothy 1:12).

“During the hours of any given day, I realize that the circumstances of my life may be inhospitable to me as a child of God; yet, I must make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil, (Ephesians 5:16). My mission for this day is drawn from the words of the Lord Jesus himself, As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work, (John 9:4). When the outer circumstances of any given day seem filled with distress and trouble, I quietly lift my voice in humble acknowledgement of the Lord: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked, (Psalm 84:10). Even on the more difficult days of my life, when I am weak and hurting, I will still declare, Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145:2).

“Is it possible that you are no longer living a day at a time? Have you lost sight of God’s design for your life because you are trying to live all your tomorrows, rather than just today? Why not trust Him just for today? Remember the dot-to-dot connector! If you choose to draw the line today which connects the morning to the evening—God will show you the next day where the new dot is. Keep the pencil of your life moving according to His daily will, and someday God will let you look back and see a portrait which makes sense . . . and is beautiful.”

Have you ever taken time to consider that each day is a gift, a privilege, and a responsibility all rolled into one? After I read this letter, I calculated the number of days I have lived and, as of today, it is 25,034 days. Whew! That really makes me sound OLD! What is better is to consider the Scripture references related to each day which Dr. Wood has shared and others so that we make it our goal each day to give God glory in everything we do. We don’t know if we’ll get another day, so why waste today?

How many days have you lived here? Why not check out that website and then take time each day to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship, (Romans 12:1)? If you’ll do that, you’ll surely the most of that day and all days. Just a thought to ponder.

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