TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, July 20, 2020:
Jump; hop; skip; he leaped over a wall.
Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Yesterday it was our 63rd wedding anniversary. God has blessed us so abundantly and we honor Him this day. We remember clearly the following event just as if it was yesterday.
It was Monday July 20, 1969, some 51 years ago, after the Astronauts set the EAGLE down in the sea of tranquility on the moon. Neil Armstrong said: “That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He was the first human to walk on the moon’s surface.
Other space travelers followed, including the commander of the last Apollo mission, Gene Cernan. When he arrived, he said: “There I was and there you are on the earth, dynamic and overwhelming and I felt it was just too beautiful to happen by accident.” Cernan went on to say, “There has to be someone bigger than me and bigger than you to make this beautiful universe.”
Even from their unique view in deep space, these men understood their smallness in comparison to the vastness of the universe.
The prophet Jeremiah also considered the immensity of God as Creator and Sustainer of the earth and beyond and he was never on the moon. God, the maker of all, promised to reveal Himself intimately as He offered His people love, forgiveness and hope Jeremiah 31:33-34.
Jeremiah affirms God’s enormity as He who “appoints the sun to shine by day and who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night (verse 35).”
Our Creator and Lord Almighty will reign above all as He works to redeem all of His people -- verses 36-37.
We will never finish exploring the immeasurable vastness of the heaven and depths of the earth foundations. But we can stand in awe of the complexity of the universe and trust the maker of the moon, and everything else.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Thank You dear Lord for this reminder of the massiveness of the universe that You created. Help me this day, to share the good news of the gospel to those I meet.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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