Today’s Scripture: And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34


My granddaughter, Willow, has recently started to walk. When she walks, she is aware that she could easily fall and watches where she steps to avoid anything she might trip on. Although it is cute to watch her carefully maneuver through a room, her hesitations remind me how we ought to be careful in life.

God’s Word tells us that we need to take heed of ourselves. We need to be looking constantly in our lives for anything that may cause us to stumble. We may often have a temptation to look at others and see areas they need to work on. Perhaps, you have a habit of thinking how a particular sermon would be great for someone else. However, I believe if Christians would spend as much time examining their own lives for flaws as they spend examining others, they would be much better off.

In the workplaces, people are being bombarded with the world’s thinking and temptations. If you want to be successful in what God wants you to do, be sure that you “take heed of yourself.” If you don’t, you will not even realize when you are heading toward disaster. That day will “come upon you unawares.”

May David’s prayer be ours as well.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.