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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 26, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
To receive God’s guidance, said Solomon, we must seek God’s will in all we do. This means turning every area of life over to him. About a thousand years later, Jesus emphasized this same truth ([see below] Matthew 6:33). Examine your values and priorities. What is important to you? In what areas have you not acknowledged him? You may already acknowledge God in many areas of your life, but the areas where you attempt to restrict or ignore him will cause you grief. Make him a vital part of everything you do, then he will guide you because you will be working to accomplish his purposes. (NLT)
Proverbs 3:1-8 – My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. –Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Yolando S. Cooksey (California) titled her story “TRUSTING GOD;” here is a portion of Yolando’s story:
“My father was a pastor in another state and truly devoted to the church. He had diabetes and was insulin dependent. One day, after visiting him, I prayed that God would not let my father die alone. Three weeks later, on a Sunday morning, I received a call that he had been found deceased in the church office. I felt hurt and angry that he had died alone, and no one had checked on him. I was also angry at God because I felt that God had not heard my prayer. . . .
“. . . Although I was still angry, I sought comfort through prayer and reading the Bible. I cried out to God as I read my Bible . . . Soon after my father’s funeral, I began to feel God’s peace again.
“Trusting God is about having faith that no matter what happens, God’s word is true – and then obeying that word. God welcomes us when we’re hurt, lonely, afraid, or just don’t know what to do. Whatever we experience – whether the loss of a loved one or problems in our jobs, in our homes, or in relationships – we can trust in God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When everything looks bleak to me, God’s understanding surpasses mine.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to believe in you and to obey your word regardless of how things appear, trusting in your love and faithfulness. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
To “make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don’t actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life. (NLT)
Matthew 6:33 – [Jesus said] “. . . and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”