They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening 1 Chronicles 23:30
It is common for most people to have some daily routines that they go through. For many, it will be routines that are done or required at their workplace. Others like the routine in their home each day.
Having a routine can ensure that certain things will get done in a timely manner. It can also help a person to remember to do what needs to be done each day.
Part of the Levites responsibilities as priests was to stand every morning and evening to thank and praise the Lord.
Being driven by routines can help keep a person focused correctly. The world is constantly throwing things at people to see and do. Distractions occur on a regular basis attempting to pull people away from what is really important.
In the life of a believer, God should always be his first focus. Taking time to recognize God and what He is doing is of the highest priority for the believer.
Stopping for a moment at the beginning of the day to thank and praise the Lord for giving one another day causes one to start with the right focus upon God and what He is doing. It will give one strength and courage for the challenges of the day.
Later, one must stop and take time to thank and praise the Lord for what He had done during that day. It can bring the needed peace for a night of rest regardless of what went right or wrong throughout that day.
Believers can recognize how great God is them and how many blessings they have been given when stopping to thank and praise God twice or more each day.
You most likely have some routines in your life that you like to or must follow on a regular basis. Make sure that part of those routines is taking time to stop and thank God for what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do.
Open your eyes to the work the Lord is doing in your life. You cannot count all the blessings that God has given you each day and night. Do not take those blessings for granted but thank and praise God each morning and evening and throughout the day.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will continually thank God for what He is doing; that you will give God praise day and night; and that you will be grateful for all the blessings and strength God has given you.
While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. Judges 7:21
During a battle the soldier must be willing to hold his position as long as necessary to bring about a victory. Holding a position may be extremely difficult and possibly bring about a lot of pain, leaving the position will nearly always guarantee failure or defeat.
Giving up a position allows the enemy to step into it and take greater control. Only the brave and the dedicated will hold their position until the end in victory or given relief to change position.
The Israelites, under the leadership of Gideon, held their position in a battle against the Midianites as the Midianites fled in fear.
Every believer is in a battle. This battle is for their own soul and for the souls of others. It is not a physical battle, as the Israelites were in, but a spiritual battle.
The world is the enemy and is out to destroy the souls of every person through sin and deception.
Although believers do not have to hold a physical position, they must hold on to a spiritual one. What they believe, do, say, or think are all spiritual positions that will either bring defeat to the enemy or give the enemy victory.
Throughout the Bible God has given commands, rules, and principles on how to fight the war against the enemy. As one does everything that God has directed him to do, he must stand and continue to stand, holding his position and not backing down, not giving in to the temptation to sin against God.
Holding his position with God and not giving in to sin will bring about victory for his soul. It will strengthen him and draw him closer to God and more like Jesus.
The world is out to destroy you spiritually. They want you to sin against God and will do whatever it takes for that to occur.
Know what God requires of you and hold on to that. Do not give up your position in Christ Jesus for a moment of temporary pleasure in sin. As you hold your position, temptation, the enemy will have to flee.
The world cannot stand up against the truth of God’s word and the faith in God that you hold on to. In the end you will have a victory that goes into eternity.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word and commands to you; that you will hold your position in Christ Jesus; that God will give you strength to resist temptation to sin; and that you will see God scatter your enemies from before you.
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8
Nearly every person around the world is waiting for something to occur. Most commonly people are waiting in some type of line. It could be a line in a store or a line in heavy traffic or in a line of time waiting for something to arrive.
During the time of waiting in line, it is extremely common to hear someone complaining about the waiting. No matter how fast things are, they should be faster. This becomes even more true, when there is pain in the waiting.
As James is talking about suffering for Christ, he tells the people to be patient and stand firm, because Jesus is returning soon.
When a person is having a great time and enjoying what he is doing, the time appears to fly by very quickly. He has no complaints because everything is going perfectly or at least going his way at the moment. Joy and pleasure are being experienced.
However, life is not always fun and games. There are times of difficulties, pain and suffering. Along with normal pain and suffering, believers may also experience persecution, causing more suffering.
The world will be quick to complain about the suffering and blame whatever they can on their circumstances.
True believers will realize that all the pain and suffering that they are going through is only temporary. Their focus is not on the here and now, but on the return of Jesus and eternity.
Instead of grumbling and complaining, they wait patiently, standing upon God’s promises, knowing that it will all come to an end soon when Jesus returns. As they wait, they continue to fulfill God’s purpose on this earth–to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus every day.
You may be going through some suffering right now. It may be natural sufferings of the temporary body and life on this earth, or it may be suffering from persecution for your belief in Jesus.
Either way it is painful. Do not give into the suffering and begin complaining, but focus upon the promise of Jesus’ soon return and eternal life in heaven with God.
Seek God’s purpose in the suffering and His grace to make it joyfully through the situation in your life. Soon you will have a perfect body, with no more suffering or pain for eternity in heaven with Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will help you have the patience needed to keep moving forward with Him; that you will stand firm upon the promise of the return of Jesus; and that you will see God at work in every situation in your life.