Daily Devotional August 8, 2022

Shannon and I have Brahman and Hereford cattle.  These two breeds are as different as night and day.

Hereford cattle originally came from Herefordshire in England.  They make great mothers and are incredibly gentle.  They are kind of like giant brown and white dogs.

Brahman cattle originally came from India, where they are considered sacred.  They are excellent foragers and can be very temperamental.

During this brutally hot summer, I noticed the Herefords stay in the shade as much as possible.  The harsh sunlight is not their friend.

On the other hand, because of the Brahman’s huge amount of loose skin, they don’t have a problem with the scorching sun.  At any time of day, they will be standing in the glaring sunlight casually grazing as if they don’t have a care in the world.

This got me thinking. 

While the exact same sun shines on both the Herefords and the Brahmans, one is impacted while the other is not.  That’s a great metaphor for Christians.

In life, believers and nonbelievers live in the exact same world where we encounter pain, hardship, and suffering.  The reason Christians are able to weather the storms of life is because of an undying faith in the One who saves us.  

This is what the psalmist meant by saying, “The Lord watches over you, the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life.”  (Psalm 121:5-7)

Today as you begin the meet the challenges of a new week, know God is watching over you.  That’s a good thing.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I do not know what today will bring but I know you will be with me.  That’s all I need to know.  Thank you.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

As you walk through this day, God is walking with you.  You are in good hands.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins