Monday, January 14, 2019
Read 1 Samuel 23:7-29
When David seeks guidance from God by means of the mysterious ephod about what Saul will do next, he is rewarded. Today, God uses something different, something not seemingly so mysterious or strange. He gives us His guidance and peace through the Holy Word!
Pray: Lord, Your Word is a lamp for my feet and light for my path. Amen.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Read Psalm 73:21-2
How often we wander away from God as we journey. We become distracted by anger or envy, by our individual success or failures, or the daily stressors of life. Yet, reread verses 23-27 again. Who is there with us, throughout our daily travels in this life? God is with us
Pray: Lord, take my hand and lead me along life’s ways. Amen.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Read Isaiah 15:1-9
The prophet not only thunders against sin, his “heart cries out” over the sinner as well. This vivid portrait of the distress of Israel’s enemy, Moab, shows how deeply Isaiah shares God’s compassionate grief for those who suffer, even if their suffering is a result of their own sinful behavior.
Pray: Lord, I’m concerned for someone for whom I care deeply. Hear my prayer for …
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Read Mark 7:14-3
The way that Jesus heals this man requires that Jesus touch the deaf and mute man’s head and face, perhaps even cradling the man’s face in his hands. One wonders how long it had been since this person had been treated so gently.
Pray: God, help me today to show the same kind of compassion to someone as Jesus did to the deaf and mute man. Amen.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Read Romans 5:1-11
Our consumer-driven society tempts us to speak glibly about sacrifice and self-denial: “I’d give my right arm for tickets to that game,” or “That ice crème is to die for.” Do we take in the amazing reality of such wondrous love – that Jesus not only offered to die for us, but He actually did? Read with awe again verse eight.
Pray: Jesus, thank You for Your wondrous sacrifice for me. Amen.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Read 1 John 1:1-10
Note how John begins this first letter in a similar fashion as his gospel. John leaves no room for anyone to dispute the reality of Jesus. Here is a man who has heard, seen and touched Jesus. He is the One sent from the Father. He is the One who gives eternal life. He is our forgiveness.
Pray: Lord, ready my heart to hear Your Word of forgiveness this weekend in worship. Amen.