Tozer Devotional

Fri, August 10, 2018

Welcoming Another Day

It may have been at the shut of the year that Moses made his plaintive prayer for wisdom to know what to do with his days; and it was in his old age that Jacob stood before Pharaoh and confessed, "The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers" (Genesis 47:9). These were wise men, disciplined, seasoned, familiar with the ways of men and experienced in the ways of God. They valued the days and the years. It is well that we learn to do the same.

Yet I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference.

Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.

Charles Wesley, God's enraptured troubadour, wrote and sang a hymn for almost every occasion. On the morning of his birthday he composed a song of praise to God. Let us borrow it and adapt two of its stanzas to the birth of the New Year.


     All honor and praise To the Father of grace, To the Spirit and Son I return;

     The business pursue He hath made me to do, And rejoice that I ever was born.

     My remnant of days I spend in His praise, Who died the whole world to redeem:

     Be they many or few, my days are His due, And they all are devoted to Him.

Verse

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Thought

Whether healthy and full of energy or weak and stricken with pain, we may greet today and welcome it as an opportunity to praise and worship our God. He knows our current state and our tomorrow, if we have one. Let's gaze on Him today!

Prayer

Lord, You have given me another day. Thank You! I want to rejoice in You.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 32 - The Days of Our Years

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