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Daily Devotional

August 2

Twilight: Searching for the Good Life

by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven

Monthly Theme:

These meditations are on the psalms. All those songs about Zion, the temple, and the Son of David really make sense when they are sung In the New Testament church.

Bible Reading:

Psalm 4

Bible Text:

Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD (Ps. 4:6).

Devotional:

Any fool can ask questions that even five sages cannot answer. Christians don't have all the answers either. Our bumper stickers say, "Christ is the Answer," but we shouldn't really say that before we have heard the questions.

The globe is getting crowded, and the pie is unequally divided. In the coming years we expect more wars, more corruption, more hunger, and more poverty next to fabulous wealth and abundance. Christ is the answer to the world's social and economic problems, but we won't see his solution until his kingdom has come. In the meantime we make choices and elect representatives, often wondering what the right direction is.

Many are asking and millions are crying, "Who will show us any good?"

The believer's answer is a prayer to God: "Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD."

This answer does not solve all of earth's problems. We still need a fair income, a good crop, justice for the oppressed, and retribution for the thieves. We must beat cancer and heal broken hearts.

But the believer says, "Above all I desire God's grace, his smile, and his favor. As long as God is with me, my deepest need is filled. If I had everything but didn't have him, my life would still be bankrupt."

You fill my heart with greater joy
than others get from wine.
Their harvest may be plentiful,
but happiness is mine.


Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.

A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version

Be sure to read the "Preface" and the "Acknowledgments" by the author.

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