“The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” – Psalm 145:9 [NIV]
Today’s verse needs to be read slowly by everyone. “The LORD is good to ALL; he has compassion on ALL he has made.” All people. ALL PEOPLE.
Most of us have read this verse and we see it as we wish to see it. For some of us, it says, The LORD is good to me; he has compassion on me. Some read it as saying, The Lord is good to all the people I say he is good to, and he has compassion on whoever I think he should have compassion on. Some people understand the all people but when it comes time to be the Lord’s hand and feet, we are a bit selective with the “all people.”
It is hard for us to be good to all and to have compassion on all people. We don’t like everyone. We don’t understand everyone. We are confused by some people. Some people hurt us. Some people anger us. Do we really have to be good and compassionate to all people? Yes. It’s difficult. For most of us it is a daily challenge. Today, remember that you are a part of the “all people.” Today be the hands and feet that God calls you to be—don’t be selective with the word all. There can be no omissions. All people. Love all people. Be kind to all people.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” – Psalm 116:15 [NIV]
Most people do not associate death and precious in the same sentence. When some people read this verse, they might question how it could be considered precious that “faithful servants” had passed. The word death is something we consider very much in our own lives. One of the biggest fears for people is dying. But perhaps we should focus on the “faithful” in this verse.
The reason the death of the Lord’s servants is “precious” is because these people were “faithful.” They did what was required of them. They lived life with their hearts devoted to the Lord. They were faithful. They answered the call God set before them and they kept their eyes on Him. They had a heart for the Lord. That’s precious.
It is important to continue on the narrow path and keep our eyes on Him. Today look not toward what the world has to offer, but focus your eyes on Him. If you have stumbled or turned off course, ask the Spirit to help you redirect your feet back on the narrow path. Remember God is with us every step of the way—we do not walk alone.
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23 [HCSB]
As I was doing my grocery shopping, I walked pass a young man stocking shelves. One of his co-workers passed by and asked, “You’re still doing that?” The response of the young man was one I’ve heard time and time again—“I’m here for eight hours either way.”
Yes, he will be there for eight hours. He will get paid the same no matter how much effort he puts forth with stocking the shelves. But this thought that it does not matter—that I do not need put forth a good effort—is something very negative and it greatly impacts our society.
We are told to do everything as if it was for the Lord. Today look at the effort you put forth, the attitude you have at your workplace, in your home, at church, in your relationship with God, etc. Do you give God your best effort or are you going through the motions till the time is up? Does it really matter? How would an onlooker see you stocking shelves—with joy serving the Lord or just passing time?