August 28, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
He who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3
God has the whole world, including you and me, in His hands. He who watches over us never sleeps. As it were, God is given to a divine insomnia. He has promised to be our keeper because He loves us with an everlasting love, and He will not fall asleep. But His insomnia is not the sleeplessness of worry, as ours often is, but the insomnia of faithfulness.
In the steady march of the years, some of us who were young and are now older "have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread" (Psalm 37:25). We have seen the morning break each day for many decades, and every dawn was new with God's mercies. Then why not share the benefit of our experience with those of younger years and let our lips be filled with praise? God has supplied every need according to the riches of His mercy in Christ Jesus.
Best of all, our mighty Maker, Provider, and Protector is also our Forgiver. God does not overlook or sleep through our sin; He suffers through it, according to His mercy in Christ Jesus. In Him God reconciled us. And now the outstretched hands of Jesus offer us the full supply of our most desperate need: forgiveness.
PRAYER: Lord, You hold us in Your hands. We thank You for watching over us and for supplying all our needs in Christ. 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.)