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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, May 14, 2015
The past couple of days I have been under the weather. Today’s reading is Deuteronomy 6:1-9, however, I would like to share with you yesterday’s reading.
Carrying your worries, stresses, and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. It takes humility, however, to recognize that God cares, to admit your need, and to let others in God’s family help you. Sometimes we think that struggles caused by our sin and foolishness are not God’s concern. But when we turn to God in repentance, he will bear the weight even of those struggles. Letting God have your anxieties calls for action, not passivity. Don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord, who controls circumstances.
When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians a broader perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only “a little while.” (NLT)
1 Peter 5:7-12 – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power is his forever and ever. Amen.
I have written this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I consider a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what happens.
There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). – Acts 4:36 (NRSV)
Derl G. Keefer (Michigan) titled his story “SON OF ENCOURAGEMENT;” here is Derl’s story:
“During my formative years, my mom was my ‘Barnabas,’ my encourager. As a woman of faith and prayer, she inspired me to seek God’s will. When I told her of my call to pastoral ministry, she encouraged me to go to college and get an education. Forty-three years later, I’m still a minister.
“Throughout my ministry God has been my ultimate encourager. When I am hurting, God listens as I pour out my heart in prayer. When I am discouraged, God’s word in the Bible inspires and challenges me. When I am frightened by the world’s turbulence, God comforts me by sending the Holy Spirit to speak words of peace and sends me friends who share words of hope.
“We can follow God’s example and be encouragers ourselves. When people are hurting, we can listen with compassion instead of criticism or judgment. When others need to be encouraged, we can use scripture to console them and lift up their spirits. As the world swirls around them through tragedy, we can come alongside them and simply be present with them.
“As the son of an encouraging mother, I am striving to be a son of encouragement like Barnabas was.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How will I remember God’s word today?
Prayer: Dear God, encourage us so that we may encourage others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE NEEDING ENCOURAGEMENT
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