Devotion for Monday, October 4, 2021

“While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

In these things, there are those which happen over and over again as well as those which happen time and again in this age.  People felt secure and safe in the Roman Empire.  It fell.  This will happen time and again.  This world is constantly changing.  The world to come is eternal.  Live the life you have been given, but do not put your trust in this age; keep it in the Lord who is forever.

Lord, help me to not live just for myself, but to live the life You have given me for others too.  Guide me in Your goodness so that I would now and always live according to the promises You have given me.  Guide me to learn each day what You would have me learn, knowing that You are always with me.  Open my ears to hear Your Word spoken and then bring my heart to the place where I willingly obey.

Lord Jesus, all these things You modeled.  You did not just tell us what to do, You did it Yourself.  In Your example, guide me this day to put into practice those things which You have modeled.  Let me not be so concerned with what tomorrow will bring as much as doing what You give me to do today.  Guide me always, Lord, in the eternal way that I may journey into eternity with You.  Amen.