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Psalm 10:4-5 - The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.” His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them (NASB).


My dad and I would meet sometimes early before work to cast a line into Niagara River to see what we could catch and enjoy a moment before work. Well, one day Dad hooked a musky. As he fought the fish, I could see its enormous size as it jumped this way and that trying to get off the line. It was one of the largest muskies I had ever seen in my life. As the fish slowly began to give into being caught, my dad began to bring him to a place on the shore where he could land it. When all of a sudden another man, who had been watching alongside us, grabbed his net and reached into the water hoping to net the fish.  In one simple thrust, he hit the fish right where the lure was and in a split second the fish was gone – a prize fish lost in one moment. I have to be honest, I thought to myself, “How could he do that!” “What was he thinking?” I found myself becoming angry and wanted to lash out at the man. Snort something like, “What are you crazy?” But my dad gently reeled in his lure and said, “Thanks for trying to help.” I was amazed. Here I was ready to let loose with a verbal assault upon this man, but Dad just gently said, “It happens,” and began to cast again. I have learned over the years that fishing with my dad was more than just fishing lessons. They are life lessons that I pray I teach my children as well. What lessons are you teaching as we enjoy God’s nature?


Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.