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Daily Devotion - January 3, 2019

Psalm 72:10–14

The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute.

The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.

All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.

He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.

He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.

Devotion by Chris Shiver

Our society seems to value being self-reliant and being a “self-made” person. Any weakness or failure may be looked on as a sign that my character is flawed (which it is) or that I am lazy (which I sometimes am), that I have not done enough. But Christ preaches a different message – God realizes that many of those who end up at what we may consider to be the lower end of society may simply be a victim of circumstances that piled up, maybe almost since the day they were born. Being a part of a prison ministry has exposed me to many men who seemed to already have 3 strikes (or maybe more) against them even as children. I know that God values us all equally even though our world may have a completely different value system. And the world’s systems tend to favor keeping those who have much on top and keeping those with little on the bottom.

For me that means I must let Christ remind me each day that the success I have may be as much about the advantages I have had in life as my own efforts to achieve. Any moment things could change and I may be left with only Jesus to cling to.

The real lesson for me is to value everyone I meet, not just those who I think it would be beneficial to me to have a relationship with. I am thankful that I am part of a church community that values diversity and works at trying to be welcoming to everyone whom we encounter.

My Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that each day I will think less of what the world values and more of what you value. Let me see everyone I meet in that same way that you do, with love and acceptance. Amen.

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