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"The Glory of God's Preserving Care"

September 3, 2003

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"In Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

Under the grinding pressures of the life we make for ourselves, we sometimes become so impressed with the importance of what we are doing that we forget what God does. We begin to feel that unless we personally turn the wheels the world itself will stop in its course. The result is anxiety, fear, and the unhappiness of failure.

God not only created us, He sustains us as well. He did not merely wind up the universe, but He still controls and operates it. In fact, we and all things depend on Him directly and completely, for "unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain" (Psalm 127:1).

To the extent that we understand and accept this fact, we will see ourselves in the proper perspective. For one thing, it will lead us to a humble measure of our own importance. Then it will give us a sense of contentment with the role God assigns to us in our calling, at the same time sharpening our sense of responsibility to Him. And as we are aware of the governing and preserving activity of God in all the events of our life, even our critical times, we shall find our fear giving way to confidence in the faithful care of our God.

PRAYER: Into Your hand, O God, we commit our world, our life, and all of our concerns. We trust Your wisdom, Your power, and Your love, in Christ Jesus. 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: 2 Chronicles 21    Obadiah    2 Corinthians 8

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