Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 37:18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless, And their inheritance will be forever.
I do not believe many will question the idea that these are difficult times. There has been a terrible pandemic that has effected practically everyone in this world. And because of this many are suffering physically because of the virus. And a side affect has been the financial upheaval what with the shutting down of small businesses and the fear that is held by many such that they stay home and have few interactions with family and friends. No one knows how long this will last, and it seems like it will be years before things start coming back to normal. And based on what we hear on the news and read in the newspapers this may be a completely new normal.
But we as Christians can have hope for the present and the future. In our focus verse we read, “The LORD knows the days of the blameless,” Psalm 38:18a. The third word translated ‘knows’ is the Hebrew word yaw-dah’ which has a variety of rich meanings, however the idea here is that God knows the number of our days here and all that will happen to us. As the theologian Albert Barnes puts it, “He sees their whole course of life; he sees the end. It is implied here that his eyes are on all the allotted days of their life; on all that has been ordained for them in the whole course of their life; and that nothing can shorten the days appointed to them.” There is also the idea that God cares for our life and takes an interest in it. This shows the love God has for us that He will direct our steps. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. He will ensure that nothing will happen that we are unable to cope with.
And because of the above, we can be certain that we are taken care of, for God is watching over us. However, the last part of this verse is very important as well. “And their inheritance will be forever.” Psalm 37:18b. We are promised an unbelievably wonderful future, and this future will be unending for we, as Christians, are children of God. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12. And as Children we will live forever in His presence. And because of this, we can be assured there will be no troubles or trials for all eternity.
So, as believers when we look at our lives we see nothing but positives. First, God knows everything about our lives, every moment of every day. There is nothing that can happen that surprises Him. And everything that occurs is for our good. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; ” Romans 8:28-29. And everything about our life and calling are already determined. “and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:30. And therefore, we can be at peace in everything now and going forward, for there is nothing but good ahead. Praise God!!!
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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