Relying on God to Show Us His Will

Relying on God to Show Us His Will

February 2

Read: PSALM 39:4-7

Many of us wish we knew what our future holds. Often it is not what we plan or think it might be. I had a roommate in college who started off in the school of engineering and ended up a doctor in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Another friend started off in the school of agriculture and ended up as a pastor in Knoxville, Tennessee. Charles Colson, a lawyer, ended up the CEO of the largest prison ministry in the world. The apostle Paul was a tentmaker and persecutor of the church. He ended up being one of the great servants of the church.

The psalmist makes a daring request to God: “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (v. 4, NIV).

It is my prayer that each of us will be able to say in the end, I served the Lord with gladness!

Lord, we do not know about tomorrow. Show us your will one day at a time. AMEN.

About the Author

(1935–2020) Melvin Dillard Sr., along with his wife, Vergie, were the first African American commissioned missionaries in the Covenant. Commissioned in 1996, they served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire) for six months until they had to be evacuated amid violence. People Melvin led to the Lord trained to become long-term pastors and leaders in the Congo Covenant Church. He wrote the following devotionals for the Home Altar in March 2007.

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