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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
This recitation of God’s dealings with his people helped the people remember what God had done for them. What is the history of your relationship with God? Can you put into clear and concise words what God has done for you? Find a friend with whom you can share your spiritual journey. Telling your stories to each other will help you clearly understand your personal spiritual history, as well as encouraging and inspiring you both. Note: Wandering can mean lost or dying. (NLT)
Deuteronomy 26:1-10 – “When you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there, put some of the first produce from each harvest into a basket and bring it to the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored. Go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, ‘With this gift I acknowledge that the Lord your God has brought me into the land he swore to give our ancestors.’ The priest will then take the basket from your hand and set it before the altar of the Lord your God. You must then say in the presence of the Lord your God, ‘My ancestor Jacob was a wandering Aramean who went to live in Egypt. His family was few in number, but in Egypt they became a mighty and numerous nation. When the Egyptians mistreated and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard us and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with amazing power, overwhelming terror, and miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey! And now, O Lord, I have brought you a token of the first crops you have given me from the ground.’ Then place the produce before the Lord your God and worship him.”
God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. –2 Corinthians 9:8 (NRSV)
Jean Bonin’s (Alberta, Canada) story is titled “LEFTOVERS;” here is a portion of Jean’s story:
“. . . But when I serve the leftovers several days later, I sometimes feel that I haven’t given my best.
“I sometimes serve myself spiritual leftovers as well. I fit God in, instead of making time with God my first priority. I say a quick thank-you to God each morning instead of taking time throughout the day to appreciate the opportunities God offers me. I neglect to read God’s word each day. Just as physical food nourishes our bodies, God’s word is meant to feed our souls, and we are invited to receive it afresh each day.
“Sometimes I serve God leftovers too. I follow my own will first and consider God’s will an afterthought – or after my way hasn’t worked out. God instructed the Israelites to give their first-fruits as an acknowledgment that every blessing comes from God. When we give God our first-fruits, we acknowledge that God is sovereign over us. Such awareness helps us keep alive the excitement of having God in our lives and gives us the courage to do God’s will.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I’m never too busy to spend time with God.
Prayer: O God, may we seek you and your kingdom first and not become too busy to give you our best. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/