April 16, 2019
For full passage click: Psalm 71:1-14 …‘Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you…Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent.” vss. 6, 9
Not everyone comes to faith as a child. Many followers of Jesus report that their parents gave them little spiritual direction as they grew up, and that they were left to make their own decisions about how to live and what to believe. It was only after experimenting with a variety of life-styles, that they discovered the Jesus Way and made a conscious decision to become a disciple. Other folks have had a different experience. They’ve never known a time when God wasn’t at the center of their consciousness. From the time of their birth they’ve felt a connection and have always made an effort to walk in the way of the Christ. That kind of long-term relationship with God is such a blessing, and sometimes those who have lived that way don’t even realize how special it is. It becomes particularly important as we move into the time of life when strength fails us and we feel the effects of physical aging. The psalmist prayed that God would continue to offer peace and support in those years when his physical body began to wear out. After all, it’s at that stage of our lives that faith is our most precious possession, the one thing that can’t be taken from us.
Thought for the Day: When did I first realize how precious faith is?