June 17

Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 22
     Psalms 110-111
     Isaiah 49
     Revelation 19
''And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be My strength.)''  (Isaiah 49:5)
            Have you focused today on the brevity of life and what it is all about? We have often heard and quoted, ''It is but one life, and will soon be passed. Only what is done for Jesus will last." That is a simple statement, but profound with truth.
It is possible we need some destruction of our pre-conceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances -to realize that we are here but for one purpose and that is to be servants of God's own purpose!
Isaiah's task was not an easy one, and the prophet's task never is. Whether it is a prophet, missionary, preacher, pastor, or faithful layman, if one is to be effective for the Lord, they must constantly be drawn back to the fact that God created them and set them apart for this very purpose.
            The entire human race was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.  Sin has diverted the human race on to another course, but it has not altered God's purpose to the slightest degree. God's purpose in saving every one of us is that we love Him with all of our heart, mind, and soul, and focus our entire life on serving Him.
            In Isaiah's case, there was more. God had called him to the difficult role of the prophet. It was the very purpose for which he was created.  He could never escape the predestined purpose of his creation, and we must never escape it either.
We must continually keep our soul open to the fact of God's creative purpose, and never confuse or cloud it with our own intentions. If we do, God will have to force our intentions aside no matter how much it may hurt. If God has placed His call upon you, you are created for the purpose of being God's servant, one in whom God is glorified. Once we realize that it is through the salvation of Jesus Christ, and that we are made perfectly fit for the purpose of God, we will understand why Jesus Christ is so strict and relentless in His demands. He demands absolute righteousness from His servant because He has put into them the very nature of God.
            Why are you here? Why were you created? What plan has God instilled in your heart? Are you obsessed with being obedient to the predestined purpose and plan of God for your life?  Beware, lest you forget God's purpose for your life.
Islam has been entrenched for 1,000 years in the country of Mauritaniain Western Africa. This country is almost 100% Islamic.  The challenge to reach Mauritaniafor Christ seems almost impossible. We know, however, that we serve a powerful God. He is able to bind the enemy and give anointing to the missionaries and national Christians as they carry out the very difficult task of spreading the Gospel in a country so entrenched with the Muslim faith. Adding to the difficulty is thatMauritaniais one of the world's poorest countries. Pray for God to provide for the people materially and, most of all, spiritually.
''The love of wealth makes bitter men; the love of God, better men.''
W L. Hudson