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Monday, January 25, 2021
Message summary: Let us begin this week by reaffirming our commitment to live for Jesus and stand for His righteous cause. We want our hearts to be fully surrendered to His plan. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, and whatever you're going through, we ask you to join us in making this commitment.
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"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His" (2 Chronicles 16:9).
The eyes of God are upon me,
He sees everything I do.
The arms of God are around me,
They keep me safe and secure.
Worldwide many are interested in the Super Bowl; as the NFL championship football game is known. Last night our daughter, Ester, face-timed Marvin, who was watching the AFC football game with his family in Guatemala. Over 30 years ago we hosted Marvin when he was 6 years old both times he came to the states for life saving medical care. What a joy that he is serving the Lord and living his life responsibly now in his thirties. It's also interesting that he is a Kansas City fan, unbeknownst to him at the time that I was from that area, but now he has a more personal connection.
This year it will be Super Bowl LV (55) between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I grew up in the Kansas City area and have been a lifetime Chiefs fan, although I do also take an interest in the teams near where I have lived. I've watched most super bowls all the way back to the very first one when the Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in 1967 when I was 12 years old. That was before it was even called the Super Bowl!
In the two weeks leading up to the game, scheduled for February 7 this year, there will be plenty of hype and promotion. Non-sports fans may even have to endure a few illustrations here on Daily Encouragement!
Advertisers see it as a great time to sell items like large screen TV'S, team apparel and lots of food and decoration for super bowl parties. Ester's already planning a decorating scheme for our family room. The challenge of producing original advertising that captures your interest, enough to sell products, increases each year. The TV commercials during the game have become a major source of entertainment in themselves although, some that should have a more private setting, can cause embarrassment especially when gathered with friends and children. Ads for certain products would have been unimaginable during my childhood and young adult years.
One of my all-time favorite promotions was one I saw in a supermarket. It was a full-sized cardboard cutout of Joe Montana, a former Super Bowl quarterback now retired. His cut-out was "hired" to motivate consumers to make a purchase of chips if I recall correctly.
Somehow he appears to be looking right at you with a sheepish grin, as though he's preparing to throw the football he's holding. It's as though his eyes are following you and he's getting ready to call out, "Catch!"
It takes an art skill to create this effect that you are always being followed by the subject's eyes, but it also brings to mind the reality of One whose eyes do move back and forth, as written in our daily Bible verse, from the Old Testament.
The daily Scripture text gives great assurance to God's children of all generations: "For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."
We're so caught up in living here and now on planet earth that we can easily forget or sadly ignore the biblical fact that God is watching over us right now no matter where we reside! But we become more mindful of His omnipresence when we need reassurance that He sees us in our hour of need, in settings where we feel as though we're all alone in this world. The fact is, we are not! Allow those two words "strongly support" to fortify your spirit today.
His eyes "move to and fro throughout the earth". Psalm 34:15 has a similar thought which the apostle Peter quotes, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer" (1 Peter 3:12).
There is purposefulness in God's watching over us. He does so "that He may strongly support" those who look to Him for guidance, protection, wisdom, comfort, healing, and on and on the list goes. I sure do need that strong support today, don't you? I am thankful that God's strong support and strength are absolutely adequate for any need that I present to Him.
There is a responsibility we have however. He is looking for "those whose heart is completely His". Another version states "those whose hearts are fully committed to Him".
Once again we want to reaffirm our commitment to live for Jesus and stand for His righteous cause. We want our hearts to be fully surrendered to His plan. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, and whatever you're going through, we ask you to join us in making this commitment. He continues to "strongly support those whose heart is completely His".
And He knows where I am
Every hour of every day
He knows each thought I think
He knows each word that I might say.
And although there were times
I've been out of His will
I've never been out of His care.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, though we cannot see You in the heavenly kingdom, You do see us as we walk the pilgrim pathway. You guide us through this earthly maze of sudden turns, strange territory, and even the disappointing dead ends. Though we may be jostled from time to time in the midst of finding our way we are assured that You watch over us just as the Bible says. You know our heart's cry and You strengthen us as we choose to walk the lightened path of righteousness especially when we're surrounded by sin's darkness. Thank you for watching our coming in and our going out. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"I've Never Been Out Of His Care" Video Dallas Holm
"Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me" Video Selah
Above is a screen shot Ester took of Marvin and his young daughter while we were chatting on facetime last night. He was showing us his TV screen there in Guatemala airing the same game KC vs. Buffalo. Marvin also has an older son and wife (not pictured in this screen shot). We speak English and they speak Spanish so we struggle with understanding each other's vocabulary, but love can be conveyed in any language and both of our families fluently spoke to one another in our love language such as our smiles, our gestures, and the attempts to communicate. Hopefully Marvin's two children can study English in school and become our interpreters. Here's a message we wrote about Marvin in 2011.
Finally today (#2):
Speaking of love fluently spoken, just as we were preparing to send off our message today Stephen got the mail and we opened an envelope from some long time readers from Singapore, Sally and Peter. Along with a card and other kind gestures of their love and support toward our ministry they sent us a mask for COVID protection, a visible reminder that this deadly virus is widespread internationally.
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