TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, April 20, 2018:
A person; a human being.
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you ever asked yourself the question: “Who am I and why am I here?” Throughout the ages philosophers and historians have attempted to understand the nature of man (men and women) and the real purpose of man’s existence. They have wondered why man cannot live in peace and what will man’s final destination be? The Bible alone supplies us with all of the answers for these questions.
David in the verse we have put above ponders the significance of mankind and why we are of any importance to God.
When David reflected on the heavens and saw the moon, the stars and all that God has created, he felt very insignificant. He asked the question, why would he be of any importance to God and why would God even care that he existed? But we know now from reading the scriptures that God is merciful to each one of us and from the beginning He had a plan and a purpose for every person.
Man was created on the sixth day and placed on this planet which God specifically designed for him. He was given a body and a soul that made him fit for dominion over the planet He created for man. God gave man the responsibility to tend to it and to care for it.
God first created Adam, and then Eve to be his partner and helpmate. They were given the freedom of will and commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were also given the gift of a spoken language. Then Eve was lured by Satan through his half-truths and misquotations of God’s Word. Both Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s commandment and thereby sinning against God. And the bad news is that they brought down the future of the human race with them.
God then sent His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for all the sins of all mankind. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our Savior, ask for forgiveness and then build daily on our relationship with Him.
To those who believe in God and Jesus He has given His biblically commanded duties. They are to love God, to love one another, have joy in glorifying God, worship Him in holiness and honor the Son just as we are to honor the Father.
The Bible also clearly answers the question as to the final destiny of man. Man has a choice. If he chooses death he will spend eternity in hell. If he chooses God’s way he will spend eternity with God in heaven. Have you made your decision to accept Jesus as your Savior? If so, you will spend eternity with God in heaven.
We can be assured that we are not insignificant to God. We know this because first of all we are His creation. Not only did He create us but He loves each one of us. He loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die to free us from our debt of sin, and He is now preparing an eternal home where we will live forever with Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Joshua 1:8.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Thank You for being mindful of me and caring for me even though I am unworthy. Although I am a sinner You sent Your only Son from heaven to rescue me from paying the penalty for my sins and to give me the precious gift of eternal life. I rejoice in being saved by Your grace.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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