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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 25, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
People tend to admire three things about others: wisdom, power (might), and riches. But God puts a higher priority on knowing him personally and living a life that reflects his justice and righteousness. What do you want people to admire most about you? (NLT)
Jeremiah 9:23-24 – This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. — 17:3 (NIV)
Tom Fuller (Oregon) titled his story “MY TOYS;” here is Tom’s story:
“When I was a kid, I was proud of my toy car collection. I loved showing off my latest little metal car to my friends. When I grew up, I thought I was beyond childish behavior. I was wrong. As an adult, I found different reasons to show off: weight loss, musical talents, advanced degrees, a measure of fame. My toys were not tiny cars, but real cars that were loud, red, and fast.
“Jeremiah 9:23-24 brought me up short. What should I be proud of? I should be proud not of what I have but of whom I know. I can boast not of my own intellect but of my understanding of God’s character. God offers faithful love and justice to all of us who do not deserve it and righteousness for all of us who cannot earn it.
“I realized that my little metal car and all my toys would eventually turn to rust. But by talking to God and learning about God in the Bible, I could have a relationship with God, who made everything in the universe. Instead of showing off my toy cars, I can show off my God and God’s great love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can take pride in my God.
Prayer: Dear God, make us aware of your greatness and make us proud to call you our God and our friend. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO ALIGN MY PRIORITIES WITH GOD’S
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