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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, March 17, 2016
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!”
They will say to Jerusalem, “. . . The Lord your God . . . will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” — Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NIV)
Rhett H. Wilson (South Carolina) titled his story “REJOICING OVER US;” here is a portion of Rhett’s story:
“. . . The Bible tells us that just as parents delight in their children, God rejoices over us. The Bible promises that God’s nearness and love are constant. We can sense our Creator’s presence through any blessing that a day may bring, whether it be the companionship of a pet, the beauty of a sunrise, or a surprise visit from a friend. Even on days when nothing helps us to sense God’s love, we act on what we know to be true – that God is constant and trustworthy – and then trust that the knowledge of God’s love will follow. On days when we feel neglected or alone, the Lord’s promises bring us hope and challenge us to keep on going.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is nearby, taking delight in me.
Prayer: Loving Father, make us aware of your presence today. Thank you for rejoicing over us and loving us. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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