Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 May 10

Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 6:11-12)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about life is what is good for me may not be good for you.  Paul tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).  Solomon asked, "Who knows what is good for man in this life? If man cannot know his own heart which is wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9) Then how can he determine what is good for his life?  If a person tries to tell us what is good for our life, they did it based on their own heart and thinking and not ours. The answer is, one must turn to God and His Word if he desires to know what is good for him in this life.  The psalmist prayed, “Order my steps in His word” (Psalms 119:133).   Scripture also tells us, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls..(Jeremiah 6:16).  The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."  Therefore, if prayer and praying for others is good for one’s life, then we need to do it.  Another thing that is good for your life is to abide in the vine.  Because without Christ, you can do nothing (John 15:5).

Sing: Your kindness leads me to repentance, Your goodness draws me to Your side.  Your mercy calls me to be like You, Your favor is my delight.  Every day, I'll awaken my praise, and pour out a song from my heart.
You are good! You are good! You are good, Your mercy is forever. You are good! You are good! You are good, Your mercy is forever.

Thought For Today:  Stay in the vine and you will be alright.

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