Wednesday, October 21
Well Invested Time
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Psalm 117:2
Billionaire Bill Gates told the Wall Street Journal, “Technology is a boom-or-bust business, but it’s mostly busts. I’ve always assumed that 10% of my technology investments will succeed—and succeed wildly. The other 90% I expect to fail.”[1]
If ninety percent of Bill Gate’s technology investments fail, it’s an indication that nothing in this life is a sure bet—except investments bearing an eternal dividend. We’re repeatedly told in the Bible that God’s Word is eternal. That means spending time in God’s Word is an investment for eternity.
Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” The same chapter says, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (verse 160). Peter said, “But the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25). And Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
When you study the Bible each day, your return on investment is one hundred percent!
The study of God’s Word for the purpose of discovering God’s will is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters.
James W. Alexander
[1]Bill Gates, “Bill Gates: The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made,” The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2019.
Tuesday, October 20
His Word, Our Hope
My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word.
Psalm 119:81
“Can I get that in writing?” When you are shopping for a car, comparing prices between dealerships, you want a dealer’s best offer to be put in writing—including how long the price is good for. As is often said in all manner of life situations, “If it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist.” But when it is in writing—the Declaration of Independence, a sales contract, a legal marriage certificate—the document provides a record of the past, assurance in the present, and hope for the future.
Some of those elements of human need—records, assurance, hope—must be part of the reason God committed His promises to writing. The result? Our Bible, the book of the story of God’s revelation and redemption of mankind. While some human documents can be violated or nullified, God’s documents never will be. Like God Himself, His Word is eternal and unchanging (Isaiah 40:8). While our soul may “faint” (grow weary with longing) for God’s deliverance during this life, His Word guarantees His love and our salvation.
But we must know what His Word says. The more of His promises we know, the greater our hope and certainty will be.
True faith is ever connected with hope.
John Calvin

Friday, October 16
No One Like You!
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
1 Corinthians 12:27
For about $75,000 you can buy Spot, the mass-produced robotic dog that can walk, climb stairs, and eventually open doors. He doesn’t need housetraining, feeding, or a daily walk. And he can be helpful in difficult situations. He has cameras in his eyes, is rust-proof, and can operate in terrible weather. But, he isn’t safe for children, and he isn’t unique. Every Spot is essentially like every other Spot—and he’s not really alive.
God has created billions of beings who are alive. He put cameras in our eyes, a beating heart in our chests, and remarkable physical systems that defy the finest robotic innovators. And we don’t rust.
Furthermore, we aren’t mass produced. Each of us is uniquely created by God with our own personalities, gifts, talents, backgrounds, faces, and fingerprints. We all have one purpose—to glorify God and enjoy Him forever—but we can have individual ministries. There is no one like you. There never has been, and there never will be.
You should use you for Him!
When you are clear about what makes you a unique individual, you can then better understand what it is that you can give to others. You can know your unique place in the world and the purpose that God has for you.
Victor Kubik
Wednesday, October 14
Sustainable Energy
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Colossians 1:29, NIV
It takes a lot of energy to keep our world powered up, lit up, and filled up. Scientists tell us that humans daily consume about 63,300,000 megawatt-hours of electricity. Approximately half of our energy comes from oil and natural gas, and another quarter comes from coal and nuclear reactors. The remaining 25 percent comes from renewable energy sources.
Put all that together and multiply it by a billion, and it still wouldn’t equal a split-second of the energy God makes available to His children for living a Christ-like life in this world. Think of the phrase Paul used—all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
Is that true for you?
Jesus sends strength into our souls by the Holy Spirit, and that’s why we’re constantly told to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), to love in the Spirit (Colossians 1:8), and to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day (Revelation 1:10).
The energy of God within us keeps us moving forward into God’s will for our life.
He works in us—and does so powerfully, Paul says—to give us his own energy for the work to which he calls us.
David Mathis
Tuesday, October 13
Courage in Three Dimensions
And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
Acts 28:15
Writer Kerry S. Walters suggests that courage is the quality that the Puritan writer, John Bunyan, called valor. It’s a quality that comes in three dimensions, and our Lord modeled all three. Walters wrote: “Jesus … himself exemplified…three kinds of valor: physical courage in enduring bodily torture and cruel death following his arrest by the Jewish authorities; moral courage when he defied Temple culture by chasing away the money lenders, and spiritual courage when, despite the shockwave of despair that overwhelmed Him on the Cross, he nonetheless persevered to the end.”
The world around us can be intimidating, but the followers of Christ are not easily silenced. With grace and compassion we speak and live courageously, and our courage comes from God.
As we seek His will for our future, our God will also give us the courage to accomplish His plan. Do what the apostle Paul did as he approached Rome. Go forward, thank God, and take courage.
A Christianity that no longer requires courage has ceased to be the genuine article.
Kerry S. Walters

Monday, October 12
Making a Difference
But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.
Deuteronomy 3:28
Seventh grader Journey Bowman wanted to make a difference in her school, so she started the POP, or Power of Positivity, program. She began putting positive and creative notes on the lockers of other students. “I wanted to write positive notes to make a difference in someone’s day,” she said. “In turn, they might also choose to make a difference in someone else’s day.”
And that’s what happened. In the last school session before the coronavirus shutdown, one young man “who was not always very optimistic” wrote as many notes as he could, while another student, “who was very shy,” also expressed herself in writing. The notes were anonymous, but the project changed the atmosphere of the school.[1]
Moses wasn’t able to cross the Jordan and lead Israel to conquer the Promised Land, but he had a vital assignment. He was to encourage and strengthen Joshua, his successor. The support and encouragement of others help us cultivate our dreams. POP into someone’s life today with a word or note of encouragement!
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.
Pearl Strachan Hurd
Friday, October 9
Sharpening the Focus
Immediately there fell from [Saul’s] eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
Acts 9:18
A funnel has a wide end and a narrow end. Those two ends can represent how different people find their life’s purpose. Some enter early in life at the narrow end, knowing exactly what they want to be or do. Others enter at the wide end and narrow their focus and activity over time. People are different and progress through life in various ways.
The apostle Paul took a mixed path. He was a tentmaker by trade (Acts 18:3), but that trade was only to support his true passion: understanding and teaching the laws of God. He was on a literal road—the road from Jerusalem to Damascus—in pursuit of that passion when God changed his focus, and thus his life. Instead of living as a teacher of the law, he became a preacher of grace. And it was not an easy transition (Acts 9:1), taking years to realize (Galatians 2:1).
Don’t despair about your life’s focus or purpose. Walk faithfully in the light God has given you today, trusting that more light will be revealed as it is needed.
Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose—to be in relationship to God, who is there.
Francis Schaeffer