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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Many have wondered how this animal kingdom roundup happened. Did Noah and his sons spend years collecting all the animals? In reality the creation, along with Noah, was doing just as God had commanded. There seemed to be no problem gathering the animals—God took care of the details of that job while Noah was doing his part by building the boat. Often we do just the opposite of Noah. We worry about details over which we have no control, while neglecting specific areas (such as attitudes, relationships, responsibilities) that are under our control. Like Noah, concentrate on what God has given you to do, and leave the rest to God. (NLT)
Genesis 7:11-24 – When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, the underground waters burst forth on the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky. The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights. But Noah had gone into the boat that very day with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives. With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of breathing animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds and flying insects of every kind. Two by two they came into the boat, male and female, just as God had commanded. Then the Lord sut them in.
For forty days the floods prevailed, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth. As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface. Finally, the water covered even the highest mountains on the earth, standing more than twenty-two feet above the high peaks. All the living things on earth died—birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all kinds of small animals, and all the people. Everything died that breathed and lived on dry land. Every living thing on the earth was wiped out—people, animals both large and small, and birds. They were all destroyed, and only Noah was left alive, along with those who were with him in the boat. And the water covered the earth for 150 days.
God said, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” –Genesis 9:16 (NIV)
- Richard Garland (Rhode Island) titled his story “THE SHADOW OF LENT;” here is a portion of F. Richard’s story:
“. . . For me, Lent is like the approaching storms of my youth – dark and ominous at the beginning and brighter after it is over.
“Lent invites us to look inward. It is a time of silence to listen for God, to read scripture deeply, to pray with compassion for the world. These Lenten disciplines can be challenging, but they reveal insights into the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we engage in these practices, our faith can be renewed for the fresh start that will surely follow.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Lenten disciplines can help me renew my faith.
Prayer: Loving God, help us to focus on the disciplines that strengthen our faith throughout this season, knowing that they will refresh and renew our spirits. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE EMBRACING A NEW LENTEN PRACTICE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/