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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 31, 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:
[We can trust Him to give us strength, peace to weather our storms of life.]
God reveals His great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms of life.
Throughout history, God has revealed his power through mighty miracles over nature, such as the great Flood. He promises to continue to reveal his power. Paul urged us to understand how great God’s power is. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to help us with our daily problems. When you feel weak and limited, don’t despair. Remember that God can give you strength. The same power that controls creation and raises the dead is available to you. (NLT)
Psalm 29:1-11 – Give honor to the Lord, you angels; give honor to the Lord for his glory and strength. Give honor to the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf and Mount Hermon to leap like a young bull, the voice of the Lord strikes with lightning bolts. The voice of the Lord makes the desert quake; the Lord shakes the desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Quoted verse: What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! — Matthew 8:27 (KJV)
“Story” – Rick Alexander (Virginia, USA) titled his story “BEAUTY IN THE STORM;” here is a portion of Rick’s story:
“One morning I stood praying in the empty sanctuary of my little church. As I looked out the window at the changing weather, I could see that a cold front was moving in as dark, heavy clouds pushed across the sky. Though I was thankful to be sheltered inside, I also appreciated the beauty of the scene.
“My thoughts turned to Psalm 29, where the glory of the Lord is found in the storm. Other scripture passages also talk about God amid the violence of the storm . . . He uses the storm metaphors to describe the intense power of God’s judgment. . . .
“Finally, I thought of Jesus as he commanded the pounding rain, fierce waves, and raging wind to be still. It made those around him recoil in awe: ‘What manner of man is this!’ No matter how ferocious the storm, God who is beautiful is in the midst of it. God is ever near to us – our shelter, our stronghold, and our beautiful peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Even in the storm, I’m in the hands of God.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being by our side during the storms of life. Amen.
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