October 24, 2018
Yesterday the largest lottery in history was drawn. People were standing in long lines to get a ticket. It was headline news on every network. People had such large dreams of hitting the lottery. Even those like me who almost never play. Some people said that they just wanted to be a part of the action. Yeah, right. They wanted to win! They had dreams too!
Then came this morning and I watched the morning news before I got up out of bed. Of course I did not win. I did not have a single number. I was not upset because I did not expect anything knowing the odds.
So, now I started my day as usual and said my morning prayers. Part of my morning prayer always includes the morning readings for the day from the publication "GIve Us This Day." Part of this morning's readings was Genesis 26:2-5. The LORD made the same promise to Isaac that He made to his father, Abraham and the LORD told Isaac that it was because Abraham had done all that the LORD had asked.
This is what the LORD said to Isaac, "I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and I will give them all these lands, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth will find blessing..."
Go back and read that promise again and then again and spend some time to really think about it. You see, in our humanity, we get so caught up in earthly pleasures that we don't stop to think about the spiritual pleasures. We forget that the spiritual pleasures are not just for one in how ever many millions.
Spiritual pleasures come from God and are a promise from God to anyone and everyone who wants to enjoy them. We can no more count the number of stars in the sky than we can imagine how great and plentiful the rewards that we will recieve in heaven will be and heaven is promised to all who want to go there. Just be like Abraham and Isaac: do as the LORD says!