He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Holy Bible, New King James)
Seasons of life are not defined by clocks or calendars. They are experienced as infants, toddlers, preschoolers, tweens, teens, young adults, baby boomers, and seniors. The clock ticks the same for all of us, sixty seconds in each minute, but life becomes a winter snowball racing downhill as we age.
We remember life through events and celebrations, birthdays, school graduations, first vehicle, marriage or career decisions, first home, children, and grandchildren. God sees how we react to each of these seasons. He measures our spiritual progress, not by clocks or calendars, but by His delight in how His beauty shines through us.
Prayer: Eternal God, I am thankful Your presence shines in all seasons of my life. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son. (Genesis 18:14, ESV)
Even when it didn’t look like Sarah would get her promise of a son, God had a plan for her. In God’s timing she would get her son and He would become a great leader. Sometimes we feel like we are working so hard and see no results. The truth is, we don’t know what God is doing behind the scenes. As long as we are working for Him and praying for His will to be done, God will come through. He has the habit of going above and beyond our expectations. Trust in his timing and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Prayer: So many times we find ourselves rushing through life just praying that You will hurry up and give us what we want. Thank you, Lord, for your perfect timing and knowing exactly what we need. We trust in your plan for us. In Jesus name, amen.
Devotion by Melinda Keays
And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees; no, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees.” So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the LORD, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz. (2 Kings 20:10-11, New King James Version)
Today, February 2, 2017 is a day in the United States that has been highlighted by Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who supposedly predicts the beginning of spring by his shadow. What began as a local fictitious fable in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has continued about 130 years. But there is a true story of a time about 700 years before Christ when a shadow became a miraculous sign.
The prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and told him to set his affairs in order because he was going to die. Hezekiah made things right, so God told Isaiah to go back and tell Hezekiah he would live. This time Hezekiah asked for a sign that God had extended his life. Isaiah asked the king which direction he wanted the sundial of Ahaz, the official timepiece of that day, to move. King Hezekiah asked for it to go backward by ten degrees. Based on scientific data, we know this backward shadow of ten degrees has affected time forty minutes since that day.
As you pass through life—one minute at a time—will you cast a shadow that will be a time changer for at least one person?
Prayer: Lord, I’m not asking You to change universal time for me. All I want is to make my life count so that something good I’ve done will overshadow others and bless them. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore