Writer’s Note: Two things you might notice in my devotional today: The use of the word “ponderment” and the lack of a capital letter on “satan.” Both are intentional. Ponderment is a word (or non-word, as the case may be) I like to use to describe those special times that I spend pondering during my morning God-time. I guess you could say it’s a cross between wonderment and ponder, because I always wind up being amazed when reflecting and communing with my Lord and Savior. And, as for satan, I have tried not to use a capital S on his name since a dear friend of mine told me years ago that she doesn’t feel the little poop deserves the respect that a capital letter denotes. I loved that and whole-heartedly agree! Have a great day, y’all! (P.S. Denny, I did use a capital letter in the one instant that I started a sentence with satan’s name. The grammar freak in me just wouldn’t let me go THAT far. Forgive me?)
Today’s Ponderment: The word “live” is an action verb. It is not past tense. That word would be “lived.” It is not future tense as no one knows what the future holds. Should we let satan have his way, however, that word becomes “worry.” Indeed, I believe that “live” is an action verb meant for the moment you are in right now; this very moment as you inhale and exhale the very breath of life! God is here in the here and now. That’s why he whispers. That’s all he has to do as he is right beside you. Satan, however, gets crazy loud, mostly because he shouts from the distance of your past where he hopes to shackle you in chains of shame and regret; and the future where he attempts to imprison you in worry. But, just remember this: If you are born again, the past is no more and the present and future are with God, the maker of all and creator of a perfect plan. No need to worry. Just walk with Him daily. Chat with Him constantly. EnJOY Him in this moment as you continue to breathe the breath that He gave you. Lord, help me to stay right beside you; not behind you in my past or ahead of you, but right beside you in THIS moment. Amen and Ehmen!
And, the Word of God says:
- Colossians 2:6-8 “So, then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
- Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
- Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
- John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid