TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, December 12, 2018:
At the present time or moment; without further delay; immediately.
The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass and we fly away.
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 90:10 that life is short. Every day we hear in the news of people dying. We are reminded constantly that life is short. It is understandable why the world finds themselves living in the “NOW” generation.
We are living in the “NOW” generation. Whatever we want, we can often find a way to get it immediately. This could be good if what we want is a legitimate and pressing need, but it is very dangerous if it is something God does not want for us. The problem with a must have it now mentality is that we rush into things and do not pause to consider the consequences of our actions.
One of Satan’s tactics is to urge us to live for the moment. The question for us today is, “When do we sacrifice our future for the pleasures of this moment.” Here are some thoughts concerning this question.
We sacrifice our future when we disregard the sacred values we have in life as a believer in Jesus Christ. God gave us the Ten Commandments for a reason. It was given as His laws by which we are to live by for our good.
We sacrifice our future when we insist on immediate fulfillment of our desires. David and Samson, in the Bible, are two biblical examples. David yielded to his lust for Bathsheba and resorted to the murder of her husband when she became pregnant. The pleasure of a moment yielded painful circumstances the rest of his life. Samson was given supernatural strength by God to fight the Philistines, but his desire for Delilah led him to foolish actions. He wrecked and ruined his own life by seeking his own desires instead of obeying God.
We sacrifice our future when our focus is on the worldly pleasures of the moment rather than eternal values. We think we can pursue whatever we want because we tell ourselves no one will notice. There is someone that always notices. God never slumbers or sleeps. God said that whatever we sow we will also reap.
We sacrifice our future when we make irrevocable decisions in periods of physical and emotional weakness.
We sacrifice our future when we have no respect for spiritual things and when we fail to examine the possible consequences of our actions.
Realizing our time is short should lead us as believers to use our time wisely and seek to do that which is for eternal good. We should desire to fit into God’s eternal plan which is to bring salvation to the world. The time to start is now.
“Behold, now is the favorable time, behold, now is the day of salvation” II Corinthians 6:2.
Our memory verse for this week, Christmas month, is found in Luke 2:12.
And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
I know my time on earth is short so help me to seek what You desire for me here and now. Keep my eyes focused on You and those things that have eternal value.
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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