I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words. Psalm 71:15 NLT
I can recall my 1st semester Nursing Professor in her introductory speech, warning us that becoming a nurse involved continuous and never-ending learning. She eagerly attempted to weed out the students that did not have a passion for the profession by encouraging us to withdraw from the program before it was too late. As students, we thought that she was a cruel and heartless individual; however, reflecting on my career, I came to realize that she was preparing us for our future responsibilities.
David was aged in years when he wrote Psalm 71; the psalmist reflects on his life as he views himself as being vulnerable and in a state of helplessness against his enemies. Remember that this is the same David who as a shepherd boy was responsible for taking care of his father’s sheep and goats, and relayed to King Saul that the same God who rescued him from the lions and bears would also allow him to overtake Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:32-37
Ecclesiastes 12:1 admonishes us to: Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble comes and the years approach, when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.”
Yes it is a definite advantage to have served God from a young child and have God order your steps through the progressive stages of life. Even so, we are able to begin at any stage in our lives to faithfully serve God.
It takes dutiful preparation on our part to deepen our relationship with God. Although we have natural tendencies to focus on our circumstances instead of focusing on God our Deliverer, we must not succumb to feelings of helplessness based on our stage in life, social or financial status. We must utilize each day to prepare for eternal life by continually studying the Word of God and praying to deepen our relationship with God.
Spiritually, we will always be on a continuous learning curve; the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom is required to prepare us for the greatest event of the future: The Second Coming of our Lord and Savior–Jesus Christ.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV
Chapter for today: 1 Samuel 17
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to give us strength as we prepare everyday to build a stronger and deeper relationship with you. We thank you for your love, your mercy, and your grace. We ask you for wisdom to make the right decisions in our lives as we prepare for your Second Coming. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz