A Bible Devotional from Bethel
By: Pastor Larry Aikens, Jr.
Bethel Church of the Brethren
March 27, 2022
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Our Scripture Lesson: Genesis 24:1; 25:8
Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.
Think about that… “The Lord had blessed him in every way.” In the next chapter, the Bible says:
Abraham died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life.
Today, I want to ask you a question that I invite you to ponder for a few moments:
“What will it be like at the end of your days on Earth?”
I have been asking that question of myself this week, and I have been doing a great deal of thinking about this subject. In my thirty years of pastoral ministry, I have attended to a lot of precious people at the end of their lives. It is a great honor to listen to their stories and help them pass from this life to that life that is eternal. You know, it always makes me think, “What will it be like when it is my time to go?”
For Abraham, the Bible says that he was blessed by God in every possible way. He lived a full and satisfying life. No regrets.
Oh, don’t misunderstand. Abraham made his mistakes. Abraham wasn’t perfect. But, he found forgiveness with the Lord and he kept pursuing the things that he knew pleased the Lord. God knew Abraham’s heart, and God knew that heart was pure and faithful. So, God blessed him—in every way!
So what about you? What will it be like at the end of your days on Earth?
Deuteronomy 28:13-14 give us the secrets to being blessed by the Lord in every way:
13 If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. 14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.
Please note: The underlining has been added for emphasis.
Here are the secrets: “Listen, Obey, and Not Turn Away.” Take a moment and say that a few times. Memorize these principles. They are the secret to being blessed by God in every way.
“Listen, Obey, and Not Turn Away.” These things may sound simple, at first, but I invite you to study deeply and take some time to meditate on these principles in context within this entire chapter. If you follow these principles carefully, it just might change your life—for the better!
There is a sermon from March 27, 2022 that discusses this topic more fully. In this sermon, Pastor Larry Aikens develops and illustrates each of these principles.
If you would like to watch the sermon in its entirety, and also worship with us at Bethel via our Facebook page, please visit this link: https://fb.watch/c1xarO5AWg/. It is free of charge and our worship service is available for you to enjoy.
May God bless and keep you.
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