June 10

Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 15
     Psalms 102
     Isaiah 42
     Revelation 12
''My days are like a shadow that lengthens, and I wither away like grass. But You, 0, Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations." (Psalms 102:11-12)
            The Psalmist speaks of the transitory nature of our life and the eternalness of our God. It is sometimes a hard lesson for us to learn that God does not really need us at all. He only allows us the privilege to serve Him and be a part of His eternal plan. It is also important for the believer to understand that nothing that comes into our lives takes Him by surprise. It is important that God uses different means to reveal to us our frailty, and our utter dependence upon Him.
It is also important to realize that this is ''only one life and will soon be past -only what is done for Jesus will last."
            Most of us are looking for length of days, but that is not what is really important. Our importance to God's purposes on this planet is not in length of days, but in breadth of blessing; not in the quantity of our years, but the quality of living those years. Our days are, indeed, like a shadow, and we wither away like the grass, but our God shall endure forever. Our purpose is to perpetuate the remembrance of His name to all generations.
Henry Martyn, the Britishmissionary to India and Persia, determined to ''burn out for God''. He died before age 35. David Brainerd, one of the earliest missionaries to the American Indians, died before he was 30.
            These men discovered that real success is not in the quantity of life, but in the quality of life. They understood what
James meant when he said, ''life is a vapor that soon vanishes away."
            Remember Lazarus? When Lazarus was ill, his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent for Jesus. Jesus took His time getting there and the sisters were very upset because Lazarus died as Jesus tarried. You know the story - Jesus comforted Mary and Martha, turned to the grave and said, ''Lazarus, come out." (John 11:43) This is the kind of God I want praying at my funeral.
            This life, however, is just a preparation for the better one to come. This old house will be made new again - immortal, incorruptible, and eternal, in a place where there will be no more death. In the meantime, we must live every day He gives us to proclaim the remembrance of His name for all generations. 
            The European country of Luxembourghas a great majority of Catholics in its population. Most of them are Catholics by tradition and culture. Protestants are still only a small minority. This country only has about 450,000 people. Foreigners are one of the groups that need to be focused on for prayer, for a great majority of foreigners work in Luxembourgin business or tourism affairs. Pray for both vision and strategy for reaching each group, and for receptive hearts.
            ''Preachers do well to remember that in the reaction of the pew, an excellent sermon is always regarded as too short, and a poor one as too long."
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