January 3 Devotional

When our “family night” with our kids and grandkids is finished each Monday night, I walk out with our family as they are leaving.  The last two Monday evenings, I have looked into the sky to admire the beauty of the universe my God has made.  I was never very good at remembering the different patterns the stars make, or the names of them, but their splendor always amazes me.


Amos wrote about this in trying to describe how awesome our God is.  He wrote, “Seek Him that maketh the seven stars of Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: the LORD is His name” (Amos 5:8).  Using the expanse of the star cluster of Orion, Amos shows us what we really should be admiring.


Too often we make ourselves the “center of our universe,” when in reality, there is nothing we have done that is worth anything apart from the might and power of God.  The God Who breathed the stars into existence; Who turns night into day; Who put the waters into the seas that cover our earth.  This is the One Who deserves our praise and attention.  Take a moment today to praise God for Who He is and all He has done for you.


Not only should we praise this great God, but we should also depend upon Him for the guidance that our world so desperately needs today.  God spoke to each of us through the words of Psalm 32:8, and said, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.”  What a great thought … today, wherever I will go, God has already been!  The challenge for me today is not to plow a new row in my life, but to make sure that I am going in the direction God’s eye is leading me.


He is worthy of this trust … after all, He placed each star that I see at night exactly in the right place.  He has made the oceans to fill the places that He decided they should be in.  He has the ability to move mountains if He desires.  I want to walk in the center of His plan for my life today.  I want the guidance of His eye, the leadership of His Holy Spirit in my life today.  I want to make sure that I do everything I can to “seek Him,” and to allow Him to “guide” me with His eye.  I want that because, simply stated, “… the LORD is His name.”  He is worthy of my trust for this day in front of me.


Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees and looks to God alone, laughs at impossibilities, and cries, ‘It shall be done’.” – Charles Wesley

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