Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:2
People like to save.
Some of us like to save money, because it makes us feel secure.
Others like to save food by canning or freezing because it makes them feel prepared for the unknown tomorrow.
There are even a few people who like to save everything.
But there are some things you can't save.
What kind of things? Well, things like air. You can't save air. You can't save enough air in your lungs to last you for a week or two.
If you doubt me, try it. Take a deep breath and hold it for as long as you can. You might last a minute. Some folks can go as long as two. Not many of us can manage three minutes. Somewhere before the five minute mark, all of us would be panting for breath. And air isn't the only thing we can't save. Food fits into that category. You can't eat enough food today to hold you for the next six months.
You can't save everything. Some things need to be supplied regularly or you die.
This may be the Lord's way of reminding us how we need Him.
If we could eat enough food and breathe enough air and save enough money to hold ourselves for six months, we just might decide we were totally independent of God. But we can't do those things.
The fact of the matter is that just as a healthy person needs a continuous supply of air and a regular supply of food, so does a healthy soul needs continuing fellowship with God.
Thankfully, although good air is increasingly rare, there is an abundant supply of the Lord's love to go around. Today, I encourage you to breathe deeply of God's love.
You can't exhaust the supply. There is always more for you.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Father, thank You for reminding us we need You for the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the salvation we are given. Keep us from pride and a self-assured independency which says, "We don't need You." This is my prayer which is offered up in the Savior's Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries