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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 5, 2014
God is always protecting, loving, and guiding us in every situation that we encounter, that is a comfort to me.
Shadia Hrichi (California) tells her story in The Upper Room about God’s leading is like dancing and it is titled “TAKING THE LEAD.”
To read the entire story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads, and still he accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial—protecting, loving, guiding. He knows and loves us completely.
God is omnipresent—he is present everywhere. Because this is so, you can never escape from his Spirit. This is good news to those who know and love God, because no matter what we do or where we go, we can never be far from God’s comforting presence (see Romans 8:35-391). (NLT)
Psalm 139:5-10 – You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!
I can never escape from your spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
Here is part of Shadia’s story: “When my friends and I tried ballroom dancing, we knew our roles: the men lead and the women follow. Growing up as an American woman, I believe women should never subject themselves to man’s dominance. However, as I came to enjoy the complementary dance roles of leader and follower and considered how God desires to lead us, I realized to my detriment that I may have mistaken leading as dominance.
“In ballroom dancing, the man’s purpose is to empower his partner to express beauty, elegance, and grace. He surveys their surroundings, determines their course, and guides . . . one partner who failed to keep his hand strong and purposeful. I was constantly looking over my shoulder in fear we might crash. However, with a partner who confidently took the lead – careful to guide and protect my steps – I felt safe and free to enjoy the dance.
“Likewise, God desires to lead us – not to dominate us. Because we are made in God’s image, when we yield ourselves to God’s loving lead, we reflect God’s beauty and grace back onto a fearful, lost and chaotic world.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s leading is strong and sure.
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to follow your lead that we may guide others into the truth of your love. Amen.
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1 These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s presence. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid. (NLT)
Romans 8:35-39 – Can anything ever separate us from God’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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