Saturday, September 23, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, September 23, 2023

Our God Benefits Us Greatly


According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention website, “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.”  As the actor Dick Van Dyke said, “When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them? 'Keep moving.'"


The benefits of physical activity are undeniable, and we should attempt to incorporate regular physical activity into our lives.  But most importantly we must put God in our lives because He really gives us great benefits that will help us now and eternally (Psalm 68:19).  He gives us everything that we need for our lives (2 Peter 1:3).  But can God really give us all that we need? He said that He would supply all our needs not according to the limitations of the world but according to His unlimited and eternal riches (Philippians 4:19). Furthermore, the Bible says that His goodness and mercy will follow us for all our lives (Psalm 23:6).


We are the apple of God’s eye, and He wants the best for us in every area of our lives.  We can continue to look to Him who is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).  We should enjoy His help and tell others that while other benefits will eventually end, we can enjoy the joy of His presence forever. Truly, He benefits us greatly.  


Psalm 68:19

New King James Version

19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah


2 Peter 1:3

New International Version

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.


Philippians 4:19

New International Version

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.


Psalm 23:6

New International Version

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Romans 8:28

New International Version

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


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