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“Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.
Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
The LORD your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build.”
“I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;”
|Bedroom Camp Gone Wrong|
CJ Mahaney, in his book Humility, has some great wisdom on why we should take this time at the end of the day to “ascribe glory to God.”
- We experience saving grace, sanctifying grace, sustaining grace--all kinds of grace all day long--but what does it reveal about our hearts if we are failing to express gratefulness and appreciation for ALL that grace?
- We can “Avoid Cosmic Plagiarism”: We very easily get caught up in our own self-sufficiency and self-determined successes. We forget, very easily, that all we are able to accomplish and perform flow from abilities given to us by our Creator and Savior. We must practice, daily, ascribing glory to the One who is truly worthy of all praise. Don't rob God of His glory.
- We can “Accept the Gift of Sleep”: The cessation of work each day was part of God’s blessing and design in our twenty-four hour day. God’s purposes before and after the fall included work and rest. How many of us fall asleep each night never considering to thank God for our rest/sleep anymore than non-Christians?
- Final thought each night...Thank God for the Gospel: If nothing has gone well. If it’s a diagnosis of cancer or an extremely sick child. If it’s dreaded news of job loss. If it’s a day full of painful relationship tension. We can still pause our weary thoughts the last moments before sleep to thank our Father for His Son and the Cross. We can praise the Son for His life and death and resurrection. We can praise the Spirit for bringing us new life. We can thank God for the great news of Jesus Christ!
This Jesus Changes Everything!
Sankie Price Lynch
1 CJ Mahaney, Humility (Multnomah, Sisters, OR 2005) 79-80.