Saturday, June 15, 2019
X Marks The Spot
Psalm 8:3-6 – When I look at your heavens, the work of your
fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man
that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet
you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him
with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your
hands; you have put all things under his feet. (ESV)
long, endless line stretching in both directions far into infinity.
Everything that God has created has its place somewhere along the spectrum
of this line. In one direction, it stretches far away into deep outer space
with all of its stars, planets, and galaxies that are countless light years
away from the earth. In the opposite direction, it extends far into inner
space, and includes atoms, molecules, and strands of DNA — the
infinitesimal building blocks of the universe. Human vision soon fails
looking in either direction and must be aided by the most powerful tools
possible: high-powered microscopes and telescopes.
reel things in and come back towards the centre of that imaginary line.
Let's mark a big X in approximately the middle of the line. I'll
plant my feet firmly on that big X, sharing the real estate with you and
all the rest of the human race! Let's claim the centre of the universe,
both positionally and figuratively. We don't need to be overly
technical or scientific in comparing our size relative to other created
objects, but we can assume that human beings fit somewhere close to the
middle of creation.
How do I have the audacity to claim that
mankind inhabits the heart of the universe? Knowing that God sent His only
Son, Jesus Christ, to become a man, for the purpose of redeeming those who
would choose to believe in Him, leads me to believe that man is, indeed,
the crown jewel in God's creation.
King David asked God to
"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your
wings." (Psalm 17:8 ESV) I also know that I am one of God's
beloved children and the apple of His eye today, and He tenderly cares for
me, watching over me day and night. My time and place in this world were
not random or accidental, but were planned from eternity past, and my
future is secure.
It is not enough for us to know, however, that
God made man as the centerpiece of His creation. Knowing the privileged
position that we have been granted should fill us with deep gratitude and
cause us to give our hearts and lives to Him in faithful service. There is
a two-way conduit between God's love to us and our devotion to Him.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank You that You sent Your
only Son, Jesus, to be the Saviour of the world. Thank You that You
provided the way of salvation for all who would believe. May we, with
grateful hearts, return our love to You in devoted service. In Jesus'
name, we pray. Amen.
Gail Lundquist <email@example.com>
Portland, Oregon, USA
Today's Verse: Mark 6:34
– When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them,
because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them
many things. (NIV)
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year* Scripture Passage: Ezekiel 1-6
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: 2 Chronicles 34; 1 Timothy 6:2b-10
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 8:22-36
Jesus promised, "If two of you agree on earth about anything you
ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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Pray for participants on the Healing and Reconciliation Tour who visit
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More On "New dwelling", originally posted on 6/3/2019
"After many months of preparing our house for sale, an opportunity on the
perfect place for us, came..." (more)
Update posted on 6/14/2019: In regards to selling our home, we had
an offer last night but one clause is causing me distress. The problem is
that there is a condition of selling their home, with the time- line
running right into the middle of our vacation and we can't get back.
If they're unable to sell their home and it happens while on vacation,
we could come home to find out we would only have about 3 weeks to try to
sell. We have no choice but to have everything finalized and be in our new
place by the end of August. Please God, help us to work through this and
give me thy "Peace that passes all understanding. Amen.
Update on Victoria posted on 6/14/2019
Victoria has had a bit of a setback. She insists that she is no better than
she was last year. She went to see a mental health professional again last
week. She says that she is in a very dark place. Father, please help her to
see that she is improving and she has great worth. May Your Name be
praised. Amen. Update posted 6/14/2019 Victoria was able to attend a
function with lots of people and was able to stay the full 90 minutes with
no panic attacks. I think despite what she says, that she is a little
better. Thanks and praise to you Father. Amen
Update on "M" posted on 6/14/2019
Older PrayerLine Requests
Please pray for M whose husband suffers from a mental condition. He refuses
to take any medication because of bad reactions in the past. Out of the
blue he will just explode saying awful things to his wife and making
threats. Next day he acts as if nothing has happened and when she tries to
talk about it he either ignores her or changes the subject. Father please
grant that he will get help from a new doctor for his anger. Please
strengthen his wife. In all areas may your name be praised and glorified.
Amen. Update on 6/14/2019. Thank you for your prayers for M. The situation
has improved but she is still waiting for the next blow up. May she find
peace and completely rely on Your love Father. Help him to get control of
his anger. To You be all praise and glory Amen
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