* New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 15
*Psalms Reading: Psalm 62
Old Testament Reading: Numbers 4-6
At first glance, the obvious place to focus today is 1 Corinthians 15 (The Resurrection Chapter). It even says that it is of first importance – Christ died for our sins, he was buried, he was raised on the third day. Our hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom is based on Jesus’ resurrection. This chapter is a biggie and I really hope you read it and take to heart all God has to say here. This chapter also has some wonderful verses that could be whole devotions individually.
- Verse 33 – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
- Verse 52b – For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
- Verse 58 – Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
But, Psalm 62 has personal meaning to me, so I want to focus today’s devotion here. There was a time when I experienced the betrayal of a very close friend. I knew bad things were said about me and lies were spread. I desperately wanted to counter them; to defend myself and prove my character. I wanted to prove them wrong, and in doing so, make sure others knew their wrongs (sounds like revenge to me). I had the opportunity to have a few days of solitude at that time and God brought Psalm 62:7 to me, “My salvation and my honor depend on God”. I was convicted that I didn’t have to defend myself. God would defend my honor if needed, and He did. I only needed to concern myself with what God thought of me, not other people. That became a life verse for me over the next few years.
The rest of this Psalm also lifted me up at that time.
Verses 1 & 2 brought me peace and hope. My world had been shaken, but my faith and my standing with God was not.
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Verse 8 gave me a place to vent, to question, to rant (I knew God could handle it).
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
God helped me walk a path that didn’t come naturally. In doing so, He also revealed His goodness as He protected me from me – from seeking revenge hidden in the cover of defending myself. Once God had my attention and knew that I was following His path, He also helped me to forgive. I know that isn’t in this passage, but it is. It’s in every passage. The whole of Scripture is showing us how to be restored to a relationship with God. That is found in Jesus. In his death and resurrection. He died for me. He died for you. Because we need forgiveness. Therefore, we need to forgive.
-Todd and Amy Blanchard
- Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to ask forgiveness from? Make the choice to forgive today. You may need to make that choice daily for a while but, I promise you, it is worth it.
- If you need to find rest (verse 1), you may need to find a place where you can silence all of the noise, the voices, the distractions of life. Rather than try to make sense of things, just believe. Rather than trying to do, work, or act, be quiet and listen. Rather than go your own way, choose to go God’s way.
- What character trait of God do you need to hold onto today?