February 12 LifeGuard

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Exodus 34:1-35:9;  Matthew 27:15-31; Psalm 33:12-22;  Proverbs 9:1-6

“The Lord looks down from heaven;  he sees all the children of man;  from where he sets enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth;  he who fashions the heart of them all and observes all their deeds…Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their souls from death, and keep them alive in famine.”  Psalm 33:13-15, 18-19

We have Someone who watches us night and day.  He’s always on duty.  Always ready to throw us a “rope” if we’ve come to the end of our own.

We cannot save ourselves.

Why does He watch us so closely?  What does he see?

Out of all the people that fill this world, how do we stand out?

It’s not because of superb good works, flawless prayers, or supreme sacrifice–on our part.

He sees the light of faith in the hearts of those who believe in His Son.

Jesus–who performed superb good works;  whose prayers were flawless–and selfless; and who was the supreme sacrifice for sins.

Faith in Jesus lights up our lives–the Father sees and attends.  He’s our ever ready Life Guard who will make sure we safely reach Heaven’s shores.

Lord God, thank you for throwing us the lifeline through your Son, Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life.  Thank you for coming to our rescue and giving us the strength to hold on!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Our soul waits for the Lord;  he is our help and our shield.  For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”  Psalm 33:20-33

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