God’s love can transform our reason for working and our relationships in the workplace.
The more we consider what it means to let God be our teacher, the more we will echo the prayer of Psalm 25:5…
Psalm 24 can change your life. It can change the way you lead. It can change how you work and how you think about your work. Psalm 24 can make all the difference in the world . . . literally.
Please allow me to explain what I mean.
In this devotion, I would like to point out something that is so obvious it almost seems as if it needn’t be stated. Yet, I expect it is often overlooked. I know I never saw this truth in Psalm 23 until I began reading Scripture from the perspective of work.
Today is the last day of the year, the end of 2015. On this occasion, I find that Psalm 90 expresses much that is in my heart. Perhaps it will speak to yours as well.
Ebenezer Scrooge kept Christmas well by laughing, and so can we. In fact, we have more cause for laughter than Scrooge because it is one of the most obvious and sensible responses to grace.
Today is the second Sunday in Advent, a season in which we prepare for Christmas by remembering just how much we need God. In particular, we need God to save us by forgiving our sins. Psalm 130 reassures us that this is exactly what God will do for us, thus inviting us to wait upon the Lord and put our hope in him.
This is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the season in which Christians throughout the world prepare for a fuller, richer celebration of the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time of expectation, waiting, and hope. During the four weeks before Christmas, we put ourselves back into the mindset of the Jews as they yearned for a Messiah two millennia ago. Moreover, we get in touch with our own hope for the second coming of the Messiah. (The word advent comes from a Latin word that means “coming” or “visit.”)
Today is the last day of the year. Yes, yes, I know we’re still in November, and the calendar doesn’t change for another 33 days. But, today is truly the last day of the so-called Christian year (sometimes called the liturgical year or the church year). The yearly cycle of worship, Scripture, and prayer that centers in the life of Jesus is coming to an end. Tomorrow, a new year begins with the season of Advent.
On this Thanksgiving Day, Americans are encouraged to pause and give thanks to God. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.”