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"Feed on His Faithfulness"

August 22, 2003

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Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Psalm 37:3

Some of life's most profitable lessons come from unlikely sources. Nancy, a poor woman with no financial security other than what she could earn by infrequent odd jobs, had a remarkable asset. She was a joyful Christian.

One of her occasional employers was disturbed, however, that Nancy whistled and sang as she worked.

"Nancy," said the employer one day, "it is well for you to be happy now, but I should think that thoughts of your future would sober you a bit. Suppose you should have a spell of sickness and be unable to work; suppose we wouldn't need you any more and you could find nothing else to do; suppose ...

"Stop!" Nancy cried, "I never suppose. The Lord is my shepherd, and I know I shall not want. Honey, it's all your 'supposes' that make you miserable."

The psalmist offers one thing that takes all the "supposes" out of a believer's life. "Trust in the LORD." Saint Paul states this formula well: "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all -- how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). The eagle that soars in the upper air does not worry about how it will cross rivers. So it is with Christians.

PRAYER: Lord, give me sufficient confidence always to trust You. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 20-22    1 Corinthians 14:1-20

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