Today's Lectionary Text
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life:
“I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.
To have a plan for your life is good, such as getting a good education and a job with a future, marrying the right spouse, having a family, and planning for retirement. But without God involved in our plans, our future will always be in question. For He knows us and our circumstances better than we know ourselves. To have a higher source to look to is so very important as it gives us the truth and knowledge about ourselves in our past, present and future situation. We could never see through the current day to day dilemmas without the Holy Spirit showing us the way.
And we must remember that Satan is our enemy and will do whatever it takes to keep us separated from God. But we are reassured that God knows our afflictions and problems. He is faithful to us and if we have accepted Jesus into our lives then the crown of everlasting life is ours.
Often times we take for granted the fullness that the Lord provides in our lives until something bad happens to us or someone close to us. Then we come back to the truth that God is always there and is our provider. But why wait until a catastrophe comes our way? If we live the life that God wants us to live by walking daily with Him with the Holy Spirit guiding us, we will always be shown the way, the truth and the life!
Bucklin First UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious Lord, we pray that we would be aware of your love, guidance and direction in our lives. Acknowledging that Jesus Christ is our Savior and willing to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Amen
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