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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, February 17, 2020
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Today’s scripture reading:
“Steadfast perseverance in faith,” is inspired by today’s story in The Upper Room, see below.
Luke 2:25-35 – At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying. “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Quoted verse: [Simeon] was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. –Luke 2:25 (NRSV)
“Story” – Daniel Topalski (Varna, Bulgaria) titled his story “PERSEVERANCE IN FAITH;” here is a portion of Daniel’s story:
“I find I often lack perseverance and patience in my faith, but I am inspired by the example of my grandparents. They lived through the terror of a Communist regime, but they were not broken by the disappointments of the world. My grandparents prepared to wait a long time and kept their faith strong. They were constant in their expectation and didn’t let their love for God cool. With unwavering hope, they waited for God’s timing.
“My grandparents persevered in waiting for God because they loved God. Although they were let down by people, God never let them down. . . .
“We can teach our children and grandchildren the virtue of perseverance. I pray that we may be examples of perseverance for the next generation so they can learn what it means to wait for the coming of the Christ quietly and full of joy.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Who has inspired me to persevere in faith?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to await your coming with perseverance and strong faith. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE LIVING IN POLITICAL UNREST
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