“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.” Psalm 16:5
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The NIV reads “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure.”
August has been a very busy month, and I have been blessed to spend a lot of time with family. We had not all been together for five years, and what a great time we had, reminiscing on the past. We shared stories of good times and some not-so-good. We played games, ate together, and laughed a lot. This past weekend we were all together at the wedding of my oldest grandson and what a beautiful experience that was.
I am so thankful for the family that the Lord has given me and for their respect and care for me. I truly am blessed beyond measure. As I look back over my life, I can see how it has been orchestrated by God.
In my devotional time this morning, I read Romans 8:28 in The Passion Translation: “We are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”
As this verse in Psalms 16, says, the Lord has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. He has placed children in our lives according to His plan. We do not know from the beginning how our children will turn out. Mary had a bit of insight into what the future held, but she had no idea that her son, Jesus, would end up on a Roman cross. Elizabeth in her joy when John was born, could not foresee that he would be beheaded for his ministry. Hannah, who gave Samuel to the work of the Lord, probably never dreamed that he would become such a great leader in Israel.
There comes a time when our children want to spread their wings and fly. No longer do they think Mother is always right and may go in directions we would not choose. We must not let the devil tell us we are a failure, we put them in God’s hand, and we must leave them there because He knows best.
Those of us who have raised our families often think back and wonder if maybe we should have done things differently. But we cannot change the past nor can we undo the mistakes we made. Despite our faults and failures, the Lord is working all things together for our good. The one who placed these children in our care loves them more than we do and is perfectly able to look after them.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, direct our steps today, and when the day comes that we stand before your throne, may we hear you say, “Well done, you accepted the assignment I gave you, you did your best, now enter into the joy of the Lord.”
Devotion by Anne Johnston