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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 23, 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:
God promises to take over as shepherd of his scattered flock. When our leaders fail us, we must not despair but remember that God is in control and that he promises to return and care for his flock. Thus, we know that we can turn to God for help. He is still in control and can transform any tragic situation into good for His Kingdom (see [* below] Genesis50:20; Romans 8:28). (NLT)
Ezekiel 34:11-16 – “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search and find my sheep. I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places to which they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day. I will bring them back home to their own land of Israel from among the people and nations. I will feed them on the mountains of Israel and by the rivers in all the places where people live. Yes, I will give them good pastureland on the high hills of Israel. There they will lie down in pleasant places and feed in lush mountain pastures. I myself will tend my sheep and cause them to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord. I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes—feed them justice!
Quoted verse: Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. – Ezekiel 34:11 (NRSV)
“Story” – Nancy Frantel (Virginia, USA) titled her story “BACK TO SAFETY;” here is a portion of Nancy’s story:
“On my way to work, I drive past a sheep farm with lush pasture. One day I noticed a young lamb outside the fence near the road. . . . Despite desperate calls from its mother on the other side of the fence, the lamb continued grazing.
“I parked nearby to consider the best way to help the lamb. Depending upon my approach, it might head in the wrong direction, risking injury or worse. I ran to the nearby house and found a worker outside. . . . After expressing his gratitude, he followed me to the location and lifted the lamb over the fence. A sense of peace came over me as I watched the animal reunite with its mother.
“Then I began to think about the times I have wandered away from God. For a short time, the new experience would bring happiness. After realizing my error, I asked for forgiveness and strength to avoid making the same mistake again. When we focus on God’s directions in the Bible, we are better able to walk along the right path. We can feel comfort and rest in knowing that when we stray, God guides us back to safety.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Like a shepherd leads his sheep, God will lead me to shelter.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your guidance and protection. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SEEK GUIDANCE FROM GOD
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* God brought good from the brother’s evil deed. The experiences in Joseph’s life taught him that God brings good from evil for those who trust him. Do you trust God enough to wait patiently for him to bring good out of bad situations? You can trust him because, as Joseph learned, God can overrule people’s evil intentions to bring about his intended results. (NLT)
Genesis50:20 – “. . . As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people. . . .”
* God works in “everything”—not just isolated incidents—for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Note that God is not working to make us happy but to fulfill his purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called by him, that is, those whom the Holy Spirit convinces to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective a new mind-set. They trust in God, not in worldly treasures; their security is in heaven, not on earth. Their faith in God does not waver in pain and persecution because they know God is with them. (NLT)
Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.