New Every Morning

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
The failures and mistakes of yesterday are behind us. We face a new day with confidence and determination to follow the Lord every step we take.
There may be decisions we have to make today, but we can trust the Lord to give us the wisdom and direction we need. All we have to do is call out His Name, Jesus, and He is there to meet us.
We may face sorrow and discouragement, but He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. His mercies are new every morning, a fresh supply.
We may have times of joy and happiness and we will rejoice and praise God for that. The One we serve delights in giving us good things.
Whatever today holds, our life is in His hands, and He is in control. We can safely trust in Him because He is faithful and His Word is forever settled.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, whatever today holds, we know you are with us and work everything for our good.
Devotion by Anne Johnston

Fear of God Brings Prosperity

“Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.” Psalm 112:1
The Psalmist declares that the man/woman who fears the Lord and obeys His Word will be blessed. In verses 4 to 9, he shows us how a person who does this will react.
He is gracious and full of compassion. He shows favour and lends to others. He uses discretion in everything he does. His heart is fixed on the Lord, so the evil that is present in the world does not affect him. He gives to the poor. His righteousness endures – he is the same no matter what circumstances he faces.
Verse 3 says that wealth and riches are in his house and his righteousness endures for ever. He may not be rich as far as the world is concerned, but true riches come from serving God faithfully.
It is far better to have the riches God bestows, rather than be rich according to the world’s standards. We are storing up riches in heaven, and one day will share in all that the Lord has prepared for His people.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for all the blessings you bestow upon us and for the hope of one day spending eternity with you.
Devotion by Anne Johnston

Wise Behaviour

“And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.” I Samuel 18:14.
As we read the account of David’s life after he had slain Goliath, we see why he was called a man after God’s own heart. David, no doubt, was completely aware that he had been chosen to be the next king, yet he submitted himself to Saul and obeyed him.
Saul plotted to have him slain by the Philistines, and even by his own son Jonathan. But, in all instances, God provided a way of escape. Saul lied to David by promising to him his oldest daughter as wife, and when he later gave him the younger daughter it was meant to trap him. Through it all, David remained humble and obedient to Saul.
Eventually, David had to flee from Saul, but even in his time of exile, he still was submitted, even giving up a couple of chances to kill Saul. He was submitted to God and loyal to the one who God had anointed. He was willing to wait for God’s timing to fulfill His plan. In due time, God gave him the kingdom.
How often we get impatient and are not willing to wait for God to work out His plans for our life. Like David, we must be faithful, and trust God for His timing.
Prayer: Lord, may we live each day faithful to you, and trusting your guidance and direction.
Devotion by Anne Johnston

A Godly Heritage

“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” Psalm 16:6
As I meditate upon the Lord this morning, my heart is filled with gratitude. There is food in my cupboard, clothing in my closet, and money in the bank to meet my monthly obligations. I have children who love me and keep in close touch. I have a great church to attend and a pastor who preaches God’s Word. Most important of all, I have assurance of salvation, and hope of eternity in heaven, when He calls me home.
I realize that I do not deserve all the blessing the Lord has bestowed upon me, it is only because of His mercy and care for me. Truly, like the Psalmist, I can say “my lines have fallen in pleasant places; and I have a godly heritage.”
I lift my voice in thanksgiving and praise to the Lord who daily provides my every need.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for all you have provided, help me to be ever thankful for your love.
Devotion by Anne Johnston

What We Want or Need

“And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” Psalm 106:15
Despite their miraculous delivery from the slavery in Egypt, the children of Israel spent a lot of time complaining about their lot. At one point the began to complain about the lack of meat. There were tired of eating manna every day and wished for a change. So, God sent quail, in such abundance that they over indulged their appetites and suffered sickness and death.
What they wanted, wasn’t what they needed. God knew what was best for them during their journey and He was providing, but they were not satisfied. Now He had given them their desire, but it didn’t make them happy, it just resulted in more problems.
I was thinking about this the other day, and remembering years ago when my husband and I discussed how nice it would be to have a boat, or a cottage somewhere on a lake where we could go like some of our friends did. We concluded that it was not the best idea because the only time we could use it would be on the weekends and that would mean missing church, which we knew was not right. So, we put it out of our minds. It was not worth having this pleasure and endangering our spiritual lives and that of our children.
Sometimes the things we want so badly are not God’s best for us. The children of Israel learned this the hard way. We need to listen to the voice of God, and let our desires be led by His will for us.
Prayer: Jesus, may our only desire be to find your perfect will for our lives, and let you lead us every day.
Devotion by Anne Johnston

Call For the Troops

“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” II Kings 16:17
This month we have had a lot of rain, rivers have overflowed their banks, and many people had to evacuate their homes. In some areas, a state of emergency was declared, and a request was made for the army to send troops and equipment. It is great to know that they are available for situations like this.
Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrian army, ready to take their lives. Elisha told his servant not to fear because they had more on their side than the enemy did. He asked the Lord to open his servant’s eyes, so that he could see the horses and the chariots of fire which surrounded them, greatly outnumbering the Syrian host.
The Commander of Heaven’s Armies has trained troops ready and waiting for a call for assistance from His people. Our God has not changed. Everything we need is ready and waiting for us to call. No matter what circumstances we face, all we have to do is ask, and the Lord will hear our cry, calm our fears, and give us the victory we need. All of Heaven’s great army is at our disposal.
Prayer: Lord, help us always to remember that you are ready to hear our call and send us the help we need.
Devotion by Anne Johnston