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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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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:
To submit “to the yoke of his discipline” means to willingly come under God’s discipline and learn what He wants to teach. This involves several important factors: (1) silent reflection on what God wants, (2) repentant humility, (3) self-control in the face of adversity, and (4) confident patience, depending on the divine Teacher to bring about loving lessons in our life. God has several long-term and short-term lessons for you right now. Are you doing your homework? (NLT)
Lamentations 3:25-33 – The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline:
Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands. Let them lie face down in the dust, for there may be hope at last. Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies.
For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.
Quoted verse: Though [the Lord] brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. – Lamentations 3:32 (NIV)
“Story” – Trudy K. Snyder (Pennsylvania, USA) titled her story “THE CARDS NEVER STOPPED;” here is a portion of Trudy’s story:
“My friend has sent me greeting cards for the past 30 years. She doesn’t send just a birthday or a Christmas card, she sends a card for every holiday. . . . But recently tragedy struck, and her home burned to the ground; she lost everything she owned. I was sure that her cards would stop coming, at least for a while; but they didn’t. . . . With all the turmoil in her life, how could she possibly find the energy to pass along good cheer? I could think of only one explanation for that kind of resilience – her faith.
“My friend is unaware of how deeply her example has enriched my Christian walk. Sending a greeting card may seem trivial. But when you’re stripped of a lifetime of possessions within a few hours and you’re still able to convey good wishes to others, that’s not trivial. That’s a significant witness. While I was concentrating on the tragedy of her loss, my friend was clinging to the one thing no one could ever take from her: Jesus Christ and his promise of love. My friend’s continuous acts of kindness shine like a beacon in my life, and I am grateful.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Because of God’s power to redeem, no tragedy can destroy my faith.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the people who have shaped and strengthened our Christian walk. Help us to be Christ-like examples for others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES TO FIRE
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