How fast time is flying! Never am I twiddling my thumbs. I was going back over the past week’s devotionals in Our Daily Bread. Wondering what would I take from them this week to use in the forth-coming week.
At the close of each reading is “The Thought for the night”. Some times a question to ponder or a statement or a prayer. I would read the scripture and Loren the devotional and then he would read the final thought at the end. I can hear him so clearly as if it happened only moments ago but in reality…..so many years ago.
In one of my previous posts, I shared a bit re the British engineer Edward Nairn giving us forever the eraser. The scripture for that evening was, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.” Isa. 44:22
The prayer, “Lord, sweep away my old sins, erasing my past for new life in You. Help me understand the reality of Your forgiveness and live in it”.
Another devotional reminds us of priorities. Jordan Bohannan intentionally missed the free throw that would have broken a 25-year-old school record. Reason? 1993, Chris Street had made 34 free throws in a row, he lost his life in a car crash. Bohannon chose to honor Street’s memory by not breaking his record. The scripture for that evening was, “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Phil. 2:3-4.
The prayer, “Father, guide my heart today. Rearrange my priorities so that I value the needs of others as well as my own.”
One last one.
Most German church leaders gave in to Hitler. Theologian and pastor Martin Niemoller was not among them. He wasn’t able to resist fear because he possessed a superman personality. In earlier years he had held anti-Semitic views, but repented and God’s grace restored him and gave to him the ability to speak and live out the truth. The scripture for the night, “Be strong and courageous..Do not be afraid or terrified.” Deut. 31:6,8.
The thought for the night, “Living unafraid doesn’t mean that we don’t feel fear but that we don’t obey it.”
We are reminded weekly, even daily that the Lord will never ever leave us or forsake us. He never planned for us to go it alone – He would always be there for us and with us. We need nothing else and no one else. But faith. That word – – Faith – – brings our beliefs, our visions, our living outside of the box at times into focus because we know “who” Faith is. Mountains can really be moved. Lord. Make it happen in our lives today – – 2019. Make it happen Lord!!!!!
Enjoy and be blest. Marge