In this devotional we stress the importance of maximizing each day: enjoying where you are on your way to where you're going. And that's good advice. But ultimately, as a redeemed child of God your greatest longing shouldn't be for that which is temporal but for that which is eternal—your heavenly home. Jesus described it this way: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Max Lucado writes: "The journey home is nice, but the journey is not the goal. I prepared part of this message on an airplane. As I looked around at fellow passengers, I saw contented people. Thanks to books, pillows, and crossword puzzles, they passed the time quite nicely. But suppose this announcement were heard: 'Ladies and gentlemen, this flight is your final destination. We'll never land; your home is this plane, so enjoy the journey.' The passengers would become mutineers. We'd take over the cockpit and seek a landing strip. We wouldn't settle for such an idea. The journey isn't the destination. The vessel isn't the goal. Those who are content with nothing more than the joy of the journey are settling for too little satisfaction. Our hearts tell us that there's more to this life than this life. We, like E.T., lift bent fingers to the sky. We may not know where to point, but we know not to call the airplane our home." Jesus said, "I am going there to prepare a place for you." And there's no place on earth like it! So live with heaven in mind.
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
God is all-powerful. He is able to provide for every need that meets a believer in his walk with Christ. As humans we often think of "needs" in the light of food, shelter, and physical amenities. However, our "real" needs are spiritual, for our spirit is eternal. Jesus has provided for all of our spiritual needs. As the Apostle Peter says in his second letter: "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:3-4) The Philippians trusted in God's promises, and they gave to the Lord's work out of what little they possessed. Praise God that we can trust in Him for our daily provision of all our needs!
Week #37 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 13-15
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 25-29
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 108-110
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 23-24
Thursday: (Prophecy) Amos 1-4
Friday: (Gospels) John 16-18
Saturday: (Letters) Titus