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Wednesday
Dec172014

TODAY

There in the desert they all complained to Moses and Aaron and said to them, "We wish that the Lord had killed us in Egypt. There we could at least sit down and eat meat. Exodus 16:2b TEV

 

Sam didn't hate his job. But it wasn't his favorite place to be either. By mid-afternoon he was watching the clock, anxious for closing time. And about the first of June he was counting the weeks until he would be leaving on vacation. Now that he had turned 55, he had begun counting the years until he could retire. Sam was living in the future. 

The Israelites soon forgot that they had been slaves in Egypt. During their years of wandering in the wilderness, they remembered only the good things, grumbling about their present circumstances. And when they did reach the promised land, they were unhappy because they had to start working for their food. Then the wilderness years became the "good old days." The Israelites were living in the past. 

Where we live geographically matters not so much as where we live in time. Today is all that we have. Today I can give a smile to someone who has none. I can bring a gift to share my plenty with someone who has little. I can push a crippled neighbor's wheelchair out into the sunshine. I can't do that yesterday -- and I may not be able to do it tomorrow.

 

Lord, help me to serve you well this day, this moment, which is your special gift to me. Amen

Madeline (NE)


Wednesday
Dec102014

Clay In His Hands

But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV)


When an artist paints a picture, or a composer writes a song, there is a finished product. Think of your favorite song or a favorite painting in your home, or in an art museum or gallery. The idea was conceived, the work was mastered, and the product was brought to completion. 

I ask myself sometimes, what is God, the Master artist, doing with me? What is He making, shaping, molding, out of me? Why can’t I see the finished product? 

Because I am not a finished product! He is still working on me. I am clay and He is the potter. I am clay…in His hands. 

And having lived for many years now, I have learned that He does not work in a hurry.

I have also learned that much of the time it is an invisible work He is doing, work I wish I could more easily see, but that would be my impatience showing! He’s working on that in me, too.

I am His workmanship, on the potter’s wheel, and I am being changed. He is still working on me. The Creator of the universe—who spoke into existence a whole world and its expansive heavens—is working on me! In His hands, the hands of the Potter, I am being made beautiful.


Dear Heavenly Father, 
Thank you for loving me enough to keep working on me through all the stages of my life. Amen.

 

Kathy (TX)

Thursday
Dec042014

IT IS I!

"It's a ghost," they screamed. They were terrified when they saw him. Jesus spoke to them at once. "Courage," He said. "It is I." Mark 6:49 & 50 TEV

 

From the back, the girl in the drugstore looked exactly like my niece. So I boldly tapped a perfect stranger on the shoulder. The young lady was a bit startled, but laughed when I apologized. 

It is not unusual to mistake someone for someone else. It is a bit unusual not to recognize someone you work with on a daily basis. The disciples were expecting to meet Jesus at Bethsaida. Of course, they did not expect to see him in the middle of the lake. Of course, they did not expect to see him walking on the water. They did not, and we would not, expect to see anyone walking on water It just isn't done.

Jesus is, of course, teaching the disciples and us that He is there for us in time of trouble. He is also teaching us He can be found in the most unexpected places. Where? Expect to find Him in the lonely, the homeless, the grieving. Did He not say: "In as much as you have done it unto one of these, the least of these, you have done it unto me"? Matthew 25:40.

Yes, we will find Him in church on Sunday morning. But be sure to look for Him out and about Monday through Saturday. He'll be there. And as with the frightened disciples, when we reach out to someone in need, if we listen carefully, we might hear a still small voice saying, "It is I!"

 

Lord, open our eyes to see your presence in the least expected places. Amen.

Madeline (NE)

Wednesday
Nov192014

Sweet Assurance

Hebrews 6:1 (KJV) Romans 8:35 (KJV) 1 Pet. 1:4,5 (KJV)

Have you ever known anyone who has doubted their salvation or possibly have you ever doubted yourself? This happens more often than you think. I know, because it has happened to me.

It has been easy for me to see the fault in myself and think I am not good enough for Jesus, or for Heaven. It is true, I am not. My assurance does not come from the goodness that I do or asking Jesus to save me over and over; it is from what Jesus did, shedding His blood and dying for my sins; "not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Hebrews 6:1 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35 "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Pet. 1:4,5


Lord Jesus, help us to believe in what you did and not in our own goodness; in Jesus name. Amen

 

Rhonda (Virginia)

Wednesday
Nov192014

Lost But Not Lost

2 Cor. 5:7, KJV (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) Suggested Reading: Prov. 3:5-6, Prov 16:9, Ps 17:5

Have you ever been lost, but not so lost you couldn’t find your way home? That’s what happened to me. I knew my way around town, but didn’t know exactly where my friend lived. I used a street near her house. It was the wrong street, so I called her. She said to get on Walnut. I knew where Walnut was. However, there was a jog, so I ended on a wrong street again. I called again. She said to get back on Walnut and look for Jefferson. I found Jefferson, and promptly went the opposite direction, and called the third time. She told me she would wave me down.
That’s what following Jesus is like for me. I start, but problems arise, like a jog in my plans or picking the wrong direction. Just like I had to get back on Walnut, Jesus sends me back to the point I got off track. My friend encouraged me each time by saying how close I was. So also Jesus encourages me along too. Just like she watched for me, Jesus is at the finish line looking forward to and cheering us on.

Thought for the Day: Not knowing where you are going is less important than trusting God.


Prayer: Thank you for keeping us on the narrow way and giving guidance each day.

Bonnie (KS)

 

Friday
Nov072014

"Can Love Contain Death?"

"The Wages of Sin Is Death", Romans 6:23

Early in my career, I was confused by my patients opinions about love. A number (including several ministers) claimed to have found the love that they had always needed in the arms of a lover that wasn't their husband or wife. I soon learned that this was only one type of love that I had to ferret through.

Love comes in many shades and intensities. Some righteous, and some not so much.

Tender love for a baby can morph into furious love if you threaten that momma's baby. My love for our dog is certainly different than my love for my backyard palm trees.

One of the saddest experiences is when a child of God looses their first love for Jesus. We become lonely for Him. The eternal flavor of Jesus surpasses any other type of love, and we miss Him deep down in our heart. Desperately seeking for love in all the wrong places, we miss our first love. Depression sets in as the Holy Spirit is grieved. We forget that we are part of the bride of Christ, as John 3;29 tells us.


The types of love are varied and colorful. And, some types of love have death in them. Feelings of love are real (whether healthy or not). Shame and hatred can squash old love feelings, but every time that we love, it becomes apart of our personalities fabric. This is why our Father tells us many times in The Book to be careful who we love..

But above all, a day without our first love is a sad day.

Lord Jesus, You are my first love. Please help me to be faithful to You today. I open the door of my heart afresh to you right now. I need you Lord.
AMEN

Robert (AZ)

Wednesday
Oct292014

Rejection Hurts

But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate. (Mark 6:11 NLT)


They were told not to move, but what if moving would quell another’s feelings of rejection?

Lunch room rules state a student must remain in the same seat. New students often feel uncomfortable regardless of where they sit, especially if they don’t know anyone—and Scarlet didn't. One student, however, took the initiative to break the rule. I assumed she was coming to ask permission to go to the bathroom, but instead she asked, “Dr. Wiles, can me and ____ go and sit by the new girl?” Last year, she had been the new girl. I suppose she knew how rejection felt. An honorable act of intervention. 

Jesus knew many would reject his message of love. During my lifetime, I've been rejected numerous times for various things. When I was young, I was normally the last one picked for a game team. I've been turned down for jobs and overlooked for promotions. And I have numerous notches in my belt representing the times one of my articles or devotions has been turned down for publication. 

Yet I take comfort in knowing God never rejects me or anyone else—unless they purposefully ignore him. We are all created in God’s image which makes us important and worthy of acceptance. In fact, Jesus said the second greatest commandment—behind loving him with all my heart, was for me to love others as I do myself. 

The ways I can show acceptance are abundant. Among them are showing forgiveness when I've been wronged, giving restoration to someone who has failed, initiating friendships, and encouraging those who are discouraged. 

What’s one way you can show acceptance to someone today?


Merciful God, when others reject, enable us to be the ones who accept.

Martin (SC)