Today’s Daily Devotion is from Pastor Don Patterson of Austin, TX.
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:18-20
It’s my nature to find my greatest joy in the things you allow me to accomplish in life. But at the end of the day, everything I create is vulnerable to the whims of others and the tragedy of changing circumstances. Once I erect a trophy for my own mind, someone comes by and knocks it down or builds a bigger, better tower. Finding my greatest joy in my work is disappointing and distorted living. Your word here points me out of that darkness. I have something much better than my own accomplishments in which to rejoice. I have my security for an eternal. No matter what frustrations plague my temporary life, I will survive it all and finally stand on the precipice of history with you and look back over the landscape of my life as it fits into your grand universal scheme. I will see my place in time from my place in eternity, and everything will make sense to me, especially the disappointments. Oh, Jesus, keep me safe in this faith.
Pastor Don Patterson
God enters our short life and reminds us that he won us for the long game.