Friday, October 07, 2016

The Paths of the Lord

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
A thousand ages in God's sight
are like an evening gone—
short as the watch that ends the night
before the coming dawn.
 —Psalm 90:4
Suggested tune: Crimond (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8::28
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This is as Jacob’s staff in the hand of faith, with which we may walk cheerfully to the mount of God. What will satisfy or make us content, if this will not? All things work together for good. This expression work together refers to medicine. Several poisonous ingredients put together, being tempered by the skill of the apothecary, make a sovereign medicine, and work together for the good of the patient. So all God’s providences being divinely tempered and sanctified, do work together for the best to the saints. He who loves God and is called according to his purpose, may rest assured that every thing in the world shall be for his good. This is a Christian’s cordial, which may warm us—make us like Jonathan who, when he had tasted the honey at the end of the rod, his eyes were enlightened. Why should we Christians destroy ourselves? Why should we kill ourselves with care, when all things shall sweetly concur, yea, conspire for our good? The result of the text is this. All the various dealings of God with his children, do by a special providence turn to their good. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant (Ps. 25:10). If every path has mercy in it, then it works for good.
—Thomas Watson
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
You have promised me, O God, not the assurance of goodness in a single thing, but in all things. Give me the patience to know all things before I claim your promise...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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