Today’s Verse

The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Proverbs 10:27

Wednesday, November 23

“Fear” or reverence means to take God seriously, or to put God first. How many of you would like to have more hours in your day? All of us would. Here is the answer. “Reverence for God adds hours to each day.” The reason why we do not lighten up our attitude and then look up to God is we take ourselves too seriously and we do not take God seriously enough. That is the root behind many, if not most, of our problems. 

You take yourself far too seriously and you do not take God seriously enough. You do not reverence Him – that means you do not put Him first, take Him seriously. You think that the solution is more time. “If I just had a few more hours in each day, then I’d get it all done.”  

God says, “No, you don’t need more time in your day.” God does not say you need more hours, more time. He says, “You need more time with Me. The reason why you’re all stressed out and you can’t get it all done is you need more time with Me.” Maybe I could write it this way, “Reverence for God adds hours to each day.” 

Many things compete for our attention. Many things drain our energy. Many things call for our creativity and take every ounce of effort we have in life. Many times, you come home from work wasted, beat, tired, out of steam, you have no strength to do the important things with your kids. You have no strength to do the important things with your spouse. You have no strength to read the Bible. 

Where do you get that kind of strength when you are worn out? Spending time with God is the secret of strength in your life.

Weekly Memory Verse

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 100:4

"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."
- Edward Sandford Martin

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