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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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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:
The Lord says: . . . They pursued what was worthless and became worthless. –Jeremiah 2:5 (CEB)
The united nation of Israel included both the “people of Israel” and the “people of Jacob” (Judah). Jeremiah knew Israel’s history well. The prophets recited history to the people for several reasons: (1) to remind them of God’s faithfulness; (2) to make sure the people wouldn’t forget (they didn’t have Bibles to read); (3) to emphasize God’s love for them; (4) to remind the people that there was a time when they were close to God. We should learn from history so we can build on successes, avoid repeating failures of others. (NLT)
Jeremiah 2:4-8 – Listen to the world of the Lord, people of Jacob—all you families of Israel!
This is what the Lord says: “What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?’
“And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you. The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense. . . .
Quoted verse: The Lord says: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that made them wander so far? They pursued what was worthless and became worthless. –Jeremiah 2:5 (CEB)
“Story” – Bob LaForge (New Jersey) titled his story “LOOK AROUND;” here is a portion of Bob’s story:
“I have a double stroller for my twin daughters. . . . I would pull up the canopy . . . ‘Look at the size of those giraffes!’ But then, four little hands would immediately reach up and pull the canopy back down. Amazing sights were all around them, but they missed everything. . . .
“But who am I to complain? How many times has God said, ‘Look at the comfort of my promises,’ but I refuse to look by not studying the Bible? God says, ‘Talk to me; I have so much to give you,’ but I daydream instead. God tells me, ‘You can do things that will not only bless you now but will store up treasures in heaven,’ but I go and waste my time doing other things. How many times have I reached up and pulled the blinders back down over my eyes?
“God has surrounded us with many assurances and blessings. If we will only reach out in faith and grab hold of them, then we will be able to proclaim, ‘Look at the size of those blessings!’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Every day I will look around to see God’s great blessings.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may our eyes always be open to your abundant blessings. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/