February 11 Devotional

On January 23rd, 2011 one of our daughters lost a dear little baby boy named Joseph David at just two days short of her third month of the pregnancy.  On that very day, I read Psalm 71 and just “happened” to read these two verses: “For Thou art my hope, O Lord God; Thou art my trust from my youth.  By Thee have I been holden up from the womb: Thou art He that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of Thee” (Psalm 71:5-6).


I was reading this chapter today and saw Joseph’s name written in the column of my Bible, and the thought occurred to me that it was about this same time that the infamous Roe V Wade decision was made.  On January 22nd, 1973 the court made the decision that it was man’s decision whether or not a baby had the right to live or be killed.  Abortion was legalized exactly thirty-eight years and one day before Joseph entered into the presence of our Heavenly Father.  All this got me to thinking about that little song we learned in Sunday School when we were just children.  “Jesus loves the little children; all the children of the world; red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.”


The Bible does not lie … life is precious in the sight of God.  Now, I am not going to use this devotional today to debate when life begins (I believe Psalm 71:6 makes it clear that it begins long before we see that little baby with our eyes); and I am not going to use this devotional today to debate the issues of pro-life or pro-death.  I want you to consider this thought … your life is precious to God today; what are you using it for?


I have noticed that we human beings love to point out the faults of others, while ignoring our own short-comings.  I am 100% against abortion and euthanasia, but I am also 100% for using the life God gives you to its fullest potential for the glory of God.  I don’t want to waste one minute God has given me to use for Him.  I don’t want to waste one talent or ability God has given me to use for Him.  I don’t want to waste one opportunity God will place in front of me to represent Him.  This life we have been given is far too valuable to waste a single second!  Don’t complain about what you cannot do today … do what you can with all your might.  Life is precious!  Please don’t waste away the precious time God has given you for this day!


Jesus will judge us not only for what we did, but also for what we could have done and didn’t.” – George Otis