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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, October 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:
People have tried all kinds of ways to please God, but God has made his wishes clear. He wants His people to do what is right, love mercy, walk humbly with Him. In your efforts to please God, examine these areas on a regular basis. Are you fair in your dealings with people? Do you show mercy to those who wrong you? Are you learning humility? (NLT)
Micah 6:6-8 – What can we bring to the Lord to make up for what we’ve done? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and tens of thousands of rivers of olive oil? Would that please the Lord? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for the sins of our souls? Would that make him glad?
No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Quoted verse: What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8 (NIV)
“Story” – Mike Wilt (West Virginia, USA) titled his story “INVESTING;” here is a portion of Mike’s story:
“During my career, I invested in a retirement savings plan. . . . Before I retired, I had thought about investing only in the context of money. But afterward, I started asking myself, ‘How can I invest in my Christianity and in leading a life of faith?’
“Now I daily set aside time for devotional reading and prayer. Also, I try always to act justly and to love others. I believe that investing my actions in this way will help to sustain my relationship with God and my service to others.
“Only God can evaluate our actions and judge the return on our investment. If we want to be like Christ, then we will invest in ways that serve others.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What will I do today to invest in my relationship with God?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your presence in our lives. Give us the strength to do justice, love others, and walk humbly with you. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4, NIV). Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/