Daily Devotions: January 7-12, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
Read 1 Samuel 21:1-10
The priest gave David the “bread of the Presence” to feed his hungry men. The bread was a sign of hospitality, presented as a meal to a God who did not eat. That changed when Jesus came into the world. Think of some of the times when Jesus shared meals with His disciples and others.
Pray: Lord, help me to show hospitality when I have the chance to help another. Amen.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Read Psalm 72:1-19
This psalm is sometimes entitled, “The Reign of the Messiah.” From our perspective we can see how Jesus fulfilled this vision. He did help the needy, healed the afflicted, and defeated death through His resurrection from the dead.
Pray: Lord, thank You for blessing me. Help me to be a blessing to others, especially those suffering hard times or ill health. Amen.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Read Isaiah 12:1-6
This exultant passage is traditionally used in Jewish prayer as part of the Havdalah, a ceremony the marks the end of the Sabbath, because it looks ahead to the final redemption God promises to Israel and the nation. We, too, find this prayer meaningful for we are the new Israel, all those who have been redeemed by the Christ.
Pray: God, you are my salvation; strengthen my faith and trust in You. Amen.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Read Mark 7:1-13
Sometimes we mistakenly think that if we know facts about God and do good deeds, we’re on the right track spiritually. Such a belief only leads a person away from God. Our salvation is not do – but done! It was done by Jesus Christ through His suffering, death and resurrection.
Pray: God, let me never believe my standing before You is because of the things I do. Help me to look to Jesus for eternal life. Amen.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Read Romans 4:13-25
Abraham believed God even when things looked impossible; because of Abraham’s faith, God declared the man righteous. Faith is to walk a path without a map and believe that Almighty God knows the way and walks with us.
Pray: Forgive me, Lord, when I trust more in myself than trusting in You. Amen.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Read 2 Peter 3:1-18
As children, most of us felt as though Christmas day would never come. We looked forward to it eagerly for weeks – weeks that seemed like years. Peter reminds us that another big day is coming – the biggest – but we don’t know the date. But that day is worth waiting for – “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”
Pray: Help me, Lord, to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior. Amen.