Friday, July 14, 2017


Who then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
Psalm 25:12 (NIV)

Weekly I go to our local jail to lead a group in discussing a program titled “Overcomers”. Most of the men who come to the group say they are already Christians. Yesterday, as I began our session, one asked how I was doing. I responded with the story of how I had been surprised by all four of my children, some coming hundreds of miles, for a celebration of my 80th birthday. The subject of our session was “Victory,” pointing out that we who have given our lives to Jesus are victors in life. This soon led to a discussion of what it means to be a child of God.

They pointed out that, in some respects at least, my life has been blessed more than theirs. For at least one of them, there came a new awareness that, as a child of God, he is a victor and not a victim in life.

Psalm 25 tells the story of why. For those who lift up their soul to God, there is a promise of instruction on how to live in a way that leads to “prosperity and descendants who will inherit the land.”in other words, a life of blessings and victories. The process is simple in concept: 1) we turn to God for instruction, 2) through the Bible and other means and circumstances, God instructs us in the way that leads to true life, and 3) God pours out His blessings in many ways.

Our God makes promises and keeps them.

© 2017, Parker Wayland

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