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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Proverbs contains many strong statements about the benefits of wisdom, including long life, wealth, honor, and peace. If you aren’t experiencing them, does this mean you are short on wisdom? Not necessarily. Instead of guarantees, these statements are general principles. In a perfect world, wise behavior would always lead to these benefits. Even in our troubled world, living wisely usually results in obvious blessings—but not always. Sometimes sin intervenes, and some blessings must be delayed until Jesus returns to establish his eternal Kingdom. That is why we must “live by believing and not by seeing.” We can be sure that wisdom ultimately leads to blessing. (NLT)
Proverbs 3:13-18 – Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
Thus says the Lord God, See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; “One who trusts will not panic.” –Isaiah 28:16 (NRSV)
Mark A. Carter (Texas) titled his story “WHAT REALLY MATTERS;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“After many years, my wife and I had reached the point that we could no longer care for our home. . . . What had once been a ‘labor of love’ had just become a ‘labor.’ It was time to move on.
“Moving is never easy, but it’s even harder when you know that so much of what you’ve gathered and cherished for so long must be left behind forever. We prayed that God would help us decide what we could not decide on our own.
“Then I remembered all the wonderful stories throughout the Bible, powerful tales of men and women who gave up every possession they owned and placed their trust in God’s wisdom alone. Knowing that God loves us always and will never lead us astray made taking the first hard step toward moving much easier. My wife and I now know that regardless of the earthly things we give up, seeking God’s will and obeying it is all that really matters.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When we are with God, we are always home.
Prayer: Dear God, help us never to forget that as long as we are with you, we have really not lost anything. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/