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Grace Moments Devotions - June 28, 2018

  • 2018 Jun 28

Look to the stars
Pastor Mark Jeske

One huge advantage country people have over city dwellers is their ability to see the full night sky, sparkling with uncountable twinkling lights. Like Abraham, look up when you are struggling: ”Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all that he created” (James 1:16-18).

The apostle James wants troubled and wounded Christians to see that God has no desire to hurt his children. Everything in our lives that is truly good comes from God the Father who dwells above the heavenly lights (the stars). He doesn’t change, loving us one minute and then turning on us. He is Yahweh, the Lord, the God of steadfast covenant love, who does not change like shifting shadows. He gave us our physical lives, and then he gave us rebirth through his mighty Word into spiritual life so that we might be a kind of “firstfruits,” that is, the prime, prize part of all creation, the part that he is proudest of.

Isn’t that amazing? God is proud of you. He sees everything right and good that you do, remembers it all, and will praise you for it. Let him replace your shame with quiet satisfaction and contentment in his gracious love and care.

Look to the stars!

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