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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, November 28, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
This “Highway of Holiness” is the way that righteous pilgrims will take from the desert of suffering to Zion (Jerusalem). It is found only by following God. Only the redeemed will travel God’s highway; they will be protected from wicked travelers and harmful animals. God is preparing a way for his people to travel to his home, and he will walk with us. God doesn’t simply point the way; he is always beside us as we go. (NLT)
Isaiah 35:3-10 – With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those who are afraid, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unstop the ears of the deaf. The lame will leak like a deer, and those who cannot speak will shout and sing! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the desert. The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and bushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived.
And a main road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-hearted people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. Lions will not lurk along its course, and there will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will follow it. Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return to Jerusalem, singing songs of everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be overcome with joy and gladness.
Jesus said to [the crowd], “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” –John 6:35 (NRSV)
Mark A. Carter (Texas) titled his story “PLEASE, LORD, FILL ME;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“. . . To me, drought is scarier than almost any other natural disaster. When fires or floods hit, we can survey the damage and then start cleaning it up. But drought is like a cancer, slowly and steadily depleting the land. . . . I remember one small town with a tiny lake as the only source of water. As the water level crept lower and lower, somebody had affixed a homemade sign to the depth gauge with a message that said it all: ‘Please, Lord, fill me.’
“It takes a very determined faith to last through such times. . . . We may dig holes in the ground on faith, but only God can fill them with the water of life.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – In times of spiritual drought, God can fill me with hope.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember always that no matter how barren our lives may seem, you can always make them green again. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/