Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 31, 2020 By Tripp Prince
You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Psalm 119:4-5 (NRSV)
As Christians, we are invited to become by grace what Jesus is by nature. We daily learn to be “little Christs,” living in greater alignment with the values of the Kingdom. And rather than seeing this way of life as a burden or unbearable weight upon our shoulders, the ways of God are meant to liberate us and show us what it means to be truly human. His ways become our ways as we learn to live in the light of his love.
Yet for each and every human being that has ever lived, this conformity to the life of God is a daily struggle. We grow weary in doing good. We are easily distracted and disheartened. We are prone to discouragement and self-centered apathy. The psalmist today is fully aware of the chasm that exists between what they know to be true and what they so often desire. God has commanded faithful obedience from us, yet our ways are so often unstable and misdirected. And so how does he respond? With a prayer of desperation, asking God to hold him steady when he is, as the old hymn says, “prone to wander.”
One of the most common attributes of God found in Scripture is his “steadfast love.” As it says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Similarly, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
In a year in which everything around us seems uncertain and unstable, we must cling afresh to the steadfast and unshakable love of God for his creation. In fact, I believe this is simply another way speaking of the lifelong journey of becoming more and more like Christ. A sign of God’s grace at work in our lives is to be steadfast followers in the midst of a seemingly never-ending storm. May he today hear our prayer and establish the work of our hands and through us shine forth his steadfast love.
Father, though we are easily derailed and distracted, we long to be steadfast followers of Christ who trust completely in your steadfast love for us. Amen.
As a reminder of God’s steadfast love, prayerfully read Psalm 136 today and rest in the hope that just as he was faithful in the past, he will be faithful in this very moment.
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