Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Monday, July 25 - Look To The Lord

“You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” — Hebrews 1:12

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Keen eyesight and an ability to avoid distractions are important for batters trying to hit a baseball. It is important to watch the ball and not the pitcher, the shortstop, the umpire or the fence in the outfield.

Where are we looking for strength and direction today? Are we looking down toward the devil? The devil will give us a few treats but disappoint us in the end. Are we looking beside us at people? Every person has strengths and weaknesses, but none of us are dependable or available every moment of every day like God is. Are we looking back and wishing everything was exactly like it was long ago? The past cannot rescue us when we need to deal with present challenges, but God remains reliable always.

Invisible angels fly fast from place to place and help people in many unseen ways on a daily basis, but these high-flying beings were created by God and are not worthy of the worship and praise which belongs to God. The Book of Hebrews explains that the Lord Jesus Christ is far superior to all others. “To which of the angels did God ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14).

When the apostle John received a message from an angel, he bowed in amazement, but the angel reminded him to worship God and God alone. “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!'” (Revelation 22:8-9).

It is OK to have heroes and admire certain people, but we need to understand that God is the only one who is perfect. Everything in earth and outer space fades eventually, but God is everlasting. “He also says, ‘In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end” (Hebrews 1:10-12).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia 

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