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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
The farmer must wait patiently for his crops to grow, he cannot hurry the process. But he does not take the summer off and hope that all goes well in the fields. There is much work to do to ensure a good harvest. In the same way, we must wait patiently for Christ’s return. We cannot make him come back any sooner. But while we wait, there is much work that we can do to advance God’s Kingdom. Both the farmer and the Christian must live by faith, looking toward the future reward for their labors. Don’t live as if Christ will never come. Work faithfully to build his Kingdom. The King will come when the time is right. (NLT)
James 5:7-8 – Dear brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who eagerly look for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They patiently wait for the precious harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. –Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV)
Joan Lake (New South Wales, Australia) titled her story “THE FIG TREE;” here is a portion of Joan’s story:
“Over two years ago, I bought a small fig tree and planted it in the garden. It didn’t do well and looked as if it were dying. I dug it up and put it in a large pot. . . . During the winter, I dug another hole in the garden where the drainage ws better, and I replanted the bare tree.
“With the coming of spring, I watered and inspected my tree daily. I found no sign of life. . . . I gave up all hope of its reviving. Yet some time later, I saw the tiniest tip of a green bud. The fig tree eventually came to life, and recently we ate our first fig from it.
“As I write this, I see that nothing and no one is too far gone for God. Just as I persisted in resettling my tree as it struggled to grow, so God is continually resettling, redirecting, and moving us along into growth and fruitful production. The process can be uncomfortable and challenging, but we are assured, as we place ourselves in god’s hands, that new life and fruit will spring forth in time.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God only requires me to take one step at a time.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be patient as you work in and with me to bring about new life. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I CAN ENCOURAGE
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