Daily Devotion – The Best Things

Pleasure Does Not Satisfy

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. Ecclesiastes 12:1

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July 28

THE BEST THINGS

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.-Eccles. 12:1

It always pays to give up the good things for the best. My mother was right—she knew what she was doing—when she inscribed the verse quoted above on the flyleaf of my first Bible. We work, strive, reason, strain every human faculty. We pull and tug with might and main—to attain happiness, contentment, peace, joy, and satisfaction. We die hard, but in the end we are forced so many times to the conclusion that all is vanity and vexation of spirit. That is the message of Ecclesiastes. Pleasure does not satisfy. And we cannot attain in our own strength to a high degree of righteousness and goodness. So, pray God, may very many of us do a very sensible thing. Let’s let go, and let God. Why try to be the captain, first mate, crew, and all on this journey through time and into eternity?

To sum it all up, God must be remembered! Preferably, and best of all, before weakness and old age overtakes us. When whatever we have of goodness is set aside in favor of the best—His best—we find ourselves possessed of a wonderful supply of “inside information,” God-given through the medium of His Word, the Bible. With Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, knowing where we came from, where we are, and where we are going, with the knowledge that our sins have been forgiven, we travel along through life with a spring in our step and unbounded joy in our heart.We travel through trust in Him.

OUR FATHER, we thank Thee from the bottom of our hearts for that day when, by Thy matchless grace, we stopped “trying” and started “trusting.” Help us to be workers of whom Thou wilt not have to be ashamed. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

ARNOLD GRUNIGEN JR.

Investment Banker,Vice-Chairman Christian Business Men’s International, San Francisco, Calif.

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