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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
You can learn how to follow God by thinking about His Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you’re living as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying His Word to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says. (NLT)
Psalm 1:1-3 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
* The people of Judah were trusting in false gods and military alliances instead of God, and thus they were barren and unfruitful. In contrast, those who trust in the Lord flourish like trees planted along a riverbank. In times of trouble, those who trust in human beings will be impoverished and spiritually weak, so they will have no strength to draw on. But those who trust in the Lord will have abundant strength, not only for their own needs, but even for the needs of others. Are you satisfied with being unfruitful, or do you, like a well-watered tree, have strength for times of crisis and even some to share as you bear fruit for the Lord? (NLT)
Jeremiah 17:7-8 – “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.
Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –John 4:14 (NIV)
Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia) titled her story “LIKE A TREE;” here is a portion of Ann’s story:
“. . . During a recent drought the trees have continued to flourish as their roots grew deep, and they were nourished by the river. This reminded me that my life flourishes when I am rooted in the wisdom and truth of God’s word, when I stay near the living water Jesus offers. By staying close to God, meditating on scripture, and resting in God’s presence, I can become spiritually strong. Then other parts of my life also move within the pattern God has set. When I overlook these spiritual disciplines, my life becomes less productive and I lose the peace and joy that God wants to give me. At such times I look at those trees and remember what my priorities need to be – keeping my life grounded in God’s word and drinking the water Christ offers for eternal life.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My life flourished when I rest in God’s presence.
Prayer: Loving God, open our eyes to see, and help us to learn the lessons your creation can teach us. Amen.
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