Thought for the Day – 25 March 2017

 

Thought for the Day

One of the bravest men recorded in the pages of the Bible was King David of ancient Israel. Over and over in his writings in the Psalms, David pointed out the need to have absolute faith in the great God who guides our lives and protects us who is ultimately in charge of world affairs. In the Psalms, notice the constant emphasis on putting your faith or “trust” in Almighty God. In Psalms, David was inspired to tell us,

Psalm 5:11; 11    But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

In Psalm 7,  he wrote:

Psalm 7:1; 1    O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:”

And in Psalm 10, he said:

Psalm 9:10; 10    And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Throughout these and scores of additional verses inspired by God through David, our Creator tells us how important it is to Him that we learn to have genuine trust and faith in Him. When you read about this faith throughout the Bible, it is the faith that leads to obedience and the willingness to do what God says, no matter what!

We should often read and re-read the magnificent account of the ultimate “test” which God gave the “father of the faithful,” the patriarch Abraham. After Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son to Almighty God, He said: “

Genesis 22:12; 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”  

And later:

Genesis 22:18; 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” 

 Again, we see that absolute faith leading to obedience is a key element of the type of character God wants every one of us to have, if we are to follow the “father of the faithful” Abraham and be given eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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