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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, September 15, 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:
But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. – James 1:6 (NLT)
We must believe not only in the existence of God but also in His loving care. This includes relying on God and expecting that He will hear and answer when we pray. We must put away our critical attitude when we come to Him. God does not grant every thoughtless or selfish request. We must have confidence that God will align our desires with His purposes. (NLT)
James 1:2-6 – Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a change to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Quoted verse: Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. – Job 12:12-13 (NIV)
“Story” – Young Chae Chung (Seoul, South Korea) titled his story “WISE COUNSEL;” here is a portion of Young’s story:
“Since I turned 70, I have become short-tempered. I feel worthless when God seems to ignore my desires to serve the kingdom. . . . From time to time I feel miserable and lonely. When these feelings arise, I wonder whether my relationship with God is still vital and intimate. I forget the past and murmur about what God is doing for me now.
“In my youth, I felt that God loved my unique personality, honest prayers, and even my raw emotions. God rescued me when I narrowly missed being killed in combat. I survived two car accidents. After that, God surprised me with a new career that would sustain me for the rest of my working life. As I arduously sought after success, God sometimes slowed down my pace, which definitely worked for my good. After retirement, when I worried about my small income, God gave me peace and rest.
“Remembering all this, I decided to focus on building up patience and endurance. As a result, I am once again giving thanks for the spiritual wisdom and understanding God has given me and for the peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I now see that God has never stopped being faithful in my life.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God offers wise counsel in every season of my life.
Prayer: Gracious God, when we feel depressed, help us to count our blessings and seek your wisdom and counsel. Amen.
Prayer Focus: ELDERLY PEOPLE SUFFERING DEPRESSION
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