Devotion: Our benefactor

This summer our neighborhood has been entertained by the antics of three young squirrels that come to feed on the sunflower seeds and corn that I place at the foot of a couple of trees. They don’t know that I am their friend and benefactor, so when I appear they scamper up a tree and disappear. They shun me like the plague.

There was a time when I didn’t give much thought for my friend and benefactor, God. Indeed, I shunned him and his word. I had my own agenda and it left little time for God. I found, however, that he was there when I needed him and he deserved my lifelong reverence and respect.

Reading from the Living Bible in Psalm 103, we find many reasons to worship and serve our Heavenly Father. “I will bless the Lord, and not forget the glorious things he does for me. He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving kindness and tender mercies.” He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love … he has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him.

Yes, my friend, God, is a good God, and he deserves that our very lives be fully committed to him. God bless you. Good day.