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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 10, 2018
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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:
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” The obvious answer is, “Of course not!” This question reveals much about God. Make it a habit to insert your specific needs into the question. “Is this day in my life too hard for the Lord?” “Is this habit I’m trying to break too hard for Him?” “Is the communication problem I’m having too hard for Him?” Asking the question this way reminds you that God is personally involved in your life and nudges you to ask for His power to help you. (NLT)
Genesis 18:1-15 – The Lord appeared again to Abraham while he was camped near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day about noon, as Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent, he suddenly noticed three men standing nearby. He got up and ran to meet them, welcoming them by bowing low to the ground. “My lord,” he said, “If it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while my servants get some water to wash your feet. Let me prepare some food to refresh you. Please stay awhile before continuing on your journey.”
“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”
So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Quick! Get three measures of your best flour, and bake some bread.” Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a fat calf and told a servant to hurry and butcher it. When the food was ready, he took some cheese curds and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them there beneath the trees.
“Where is Sarah, your wife?” they asked him.
“In the tent,” Abraham replied.
Then one of them said, “About this time next year I will return, and your wife Sarah will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent nearby. And since Abraham and Sarah were both very old, and Sarah was long past the age of having children, she laughed silently to herself, “How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby?” she thought. “And when my master—my husband—is also so old?”
Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby? Is anything too hard for the Lord? About a year from now, just as I told you, I will return, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she denied that she had laughed. But he said, “That is not true. You did laugh.”
Everything is possible for one who believes. –Mark 9:23 (NIV)
Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia) titled her story “DREAM BIG;” here is a portion of Linawati’s story:
“In 2015, when I told my friend Andrey that I often sent my devotional writings to The Upper Room, he said, ‘Sister, I am waiting for you to write your first book for publication.’ I thought he was kidding me, but he wasn’t. Encouraged by his words, I started to write a Christian book. When I finally finished it, I sent it to a publisher.
“The publisher rejected my work, but I decided not to give up. I sent it to another publisher. Finally, in December 2016, my book was published. At first, writing a book seemed like too big a dream. While I was waiting for an answer from the second publisher, I remember asking myself, Am I talented enough? Am I dreaming too big?
“When God shows us something seemingly impossible we are to do, like Sarah we may laugh and say to ourselves, ‘Stop hoping for it. You can’t realize such a dream.’ But we can remember that nothing is impossible for God. The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, ‘I can do all things through [God] who strengthens me’ (Phil. 4:13, NRSV). . . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What seems impossible for me is very possible for God.
Prayer: Thank you, God, that with you we can follow our dreams – because we know that for you, nothing is impossible. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/