Friday, December 2, 2016

Standing Strong Through the Storm - MINISTRY FUNCTION OF THE CHURCH

…to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Ephesians 4:12

Another function of the church is ministry. As Christians we need to be aware of the spiritual needs of others and sensitively seek to help them at every opportunity—both fellow-believers and non-believers. A word of encouragement or a small act of kindness may be the deciding factor in whether or not a struggling friend is able to stand against the enemy.

In a tribal area of northeast India, the poor Christians of one tribe made great sacrifices and took great risks to aid and encourage the new believers in another tribe after their leader, his wife and ten-year-old daughter were killed for their witness.

Ministry is demonstrating God’s love to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the name of Jesus. Each time you reach out in love to others you are ministering to them. The church is to equip the saints to do the work of ministry.

A co-worker and his family were visiting in the southern part of the Ukraine. As they entered the hotel after a tiring day in the streets, their daughter came sobbing into their room. “I saw a man today begging for money. He had no legs and was sitting on a skateboard. He looked so poor and lonely.” The tears rolled down her cheeks. She truly felt compassion for a sight that they didn’t even notice.

“I think Jesus wants us to give him a Bible when we see him again,” she commented after they prayed together.

The following morning early, as they started their journey through the streets of Odessa, it wasn’t long before she saw him. They knew that there was a certain amount of risk involved in handing out Bibles in the streets and thus didn’t want to make it too obvious. He opened the Bible and slowly started paging through it. He reached down and took all the money in the handkerchief next to him and offered it to them.

They suddenly realized that he must be under the impression that they were selling the Bible on the black market and therefore the offer of all his savings. “Nyet, gift, gift,” and they pushed back his hand with the money. He took the Bible, pressed it against his chest and then tears started rolling down his cheeks. He opened the Bible spending several minutes reading and paging through a book that he had obviously heard about but had never seen. They left him with hearts overflowing with gratitude.

Jesus made ministry so simple. It can be as easy as offering a thirsty person a glass of water in His name!

RESPONSE: Today I will look for opportunities to minister to needy hearts in Jesus’ name.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I ask You to show me today those to whom I can minister in Your name.

Girlfriends in God - The Radical Dance of Celebration and the Sacred

Today’s Truth

I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete (John 15:11, NIV).

Friend to Friend

For years, I’ve heard the same message in sermons, Bible studies, magazine articles, and on social media: Christmas is not about the gifts, decorating, how the Christmas ham is prepared, parties or even Christmas cookies. We are all supposed to stop doing All. The. Things. and simply reflect in the glow of our Charlie Brown Christmas tree and spend the entire month rereading the story of Christ’s birth from Luke.

And for all those years, I’ve felt guilty about being madly in love with the “stuff” of Christmas. I love having friends and family over to eat, drink (hot chocolate) and be merry. I enjoy filling our grown kids’ stockings with care. I adore planning for our family’s Christmas Eve dinner. I even get a thrill from sending out (and receiving) Christmas cards.

While the world may go overboard when it comes to “celebrating” the season (just watch any video of a Wal-Mart opening on Black Friday to see what I’m talking about . . .), in many ways, I’ve felt guilty for finding happiness in any other way than attending church and singing Christmas carols. I know we are to have joy at Christmastime, but does God also care about our happiness?

One year, in the midst of the holiday season, a friend and I discussed biblical joy and happiness. I told her I’d heard a speaker recently say, “Joy is in 155 verses in the KJV Bible, but happiness doesn’t appear in the Bible once.”

And she countered, “Well, you’re just plain wrong.”

And she was right. Happiness not only appears several times in the Bible, but it’s something God values highly. For example:

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” (Psalm 68:3)

But if happiness is important to God, why do we feel guilty about it?

Perhaps we get caught up in the expectations of others, and get busy with the doing of Christmas instead of in the being of Christmas.

Here are two things to keep in mind as we balance the celebration with the sacred.
  1. Celebrate well. Do all the Christmas “stuff” you love, but do it with a purpose. Wrap gifts not just lovingly for your family, but for the toy drive at your church. Decorate the tree while listening to your favorite Christmas worship music. Send cards to older friends and family who will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Do everything with Christ’s love.
  2. Practice His presence. Pull away from the busyness to reflect on what Christ means to you. Get a Christmas devotional, show up for church, and yes, read the Christmas story. Make a plan to keep Christ in the middle of your celebration.
Now during December, I walk around with a secret: While the world goes crazy with all their plans, I not only get to experience God’s presence, but His pleasure, in the midst of it all.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I don’t want to miss You in the midst of celebrating You. Quiet my heart so that I may hear You in the midst of all the holiday noise.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

What is one way you can add more of the sacred to your holiday celebration?

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Men of the Bible - Judas

His name means: "Praised"

His work: As one of the twelve disciples, Judas's responsibility was to act as the group's treasurer.
His character: John's gospel indicates that Judas, though chosen by Jesus, was a thief, a man who regularly helped himself to the community purse. Though he would have been on intimate terms with the Lord, he betrayed Jesus by handing him over to the religious authorities, who then had him condemned to death. The motives for his act of treachery have never been clear. His name always appears last in the list of Jesus' disciples.
His sorrow: Regretting his decision to hand Jesus over to the religious authorities, Judas hanged himself.
His triumph: He was a member of Jesus' inner circle.
Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:6-16; John 12:1-8; 13:1-30; 18:1-11

A Look at the Man

Under cover of darkness, Judas led a detachment of soldiers and Jewish officials to an olive grove on the other side of the Kidron Valley, the place where Jesus and his disciples had retired after the Passover meal. There he betrayed the Lord with a kiss, saying, "Greetings, Rabbi!" Then he watched as the soldiers bound Jesus and led him away.

If Judas intended his act of betrayal to be the spark that ignited the revolution, he must have been disappointed. There was no great uprising, no crowds clamoring for Jesus' release, no miracles from heaven to establish the Messiah on his throne. The next morning brought with it only the grim news that Jesus had been beaten, handed over to Pontius Pilate, and condemned to death. Suddenly Judas felt overwhelmed by a tide of grief so great it swept away his previous certainty. Flinging the thirty pieces of silver—blood money now—into the temple, he went out and hanged himself.

The story of Judas is one of the saddest and best known in Scripture. A man chosen by Jesus to become part of his inner circle, he was privy to God's wisdom, power, and love to an unprecedented degree. But Judas valued the privilege so little that he handed Jesus over to his enemies for the paltry sum of thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. Jesus himself commented on Judas's situation with a warning Judas failed to heed: "The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."

Two thousand years later, Judas's name is still a synonym for betrayal. As one of the Twelve, Judas had been offered a place of honor in the kingdom Jesus promised to establish. But by serving his own vision rather than the Lord's vision, he became not an instrument of good but an instrument of evil in the story of salvation.

Reflect On: Romans 5:6–11
Praise God: For redemption and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Offer Thanks: For personal salvation and a community of believers to love and from whom to receive love.
Confess: Any tendency toward self-pity rather than true repentance.
Ask God: For a renewed love for his people and commitment to fellowship, transparency, and accountability. Ask him for the courage to speak the truth in love and the grace to receive the same.

Un Dia a la Vez - Cambios necesarios

Guíame, pues eres mi roca y mi fortaleza, dirígeme por amor a tu nombre. Salmo 31:3

En esta época de Navidad se presentan dos fenómenos muy comunes: La primera, una culpabilidad por no haber hecho lo que nos propusimos; y la segunda, se nos fue un año más y no logramos lo que prometimos. Ahora, deseamos que llegue otra vez el 31 de diciembre y hacer nuevas promesas de cambio.

Dios quiere que seamos firmes y que no lleguemos a exponernos. La Biblia dice que no «hay nada escondido que no esté destinado a descubrirse» (Marcos 4:22). Además, entre cielo y tierra no hay nada oculto, pues tarde o temprano Dios sacará a la luz cualquier actitud o cualquier falta que cometamos.

Esto lo viví en carne propia. A decir verdad, no quiero enumerar tus faltas ni mucho menos, pero sí te quiero decir cuáles fueron esas esferas que Dios tuvo que moldear o transformar en mí.

Mi anhelo es que no llegues a tocar fondo como yo, sino que reconozcas tus debilidades y puedas rendirlas a Cristo.

Por lo tanto, debes ser radical a fin de que, si ves tu vida reflejada en la mía, comprendas que Dios nos cambia y nos da nuevas oportunidades.

Verse of the Day - December 02, 2016

Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV) [ God’s Final Word: His Son ] In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

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The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, December 2, 2016

First Reading: Isaiah 3:8-15
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom, they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves. Tell the innocent how fortunate they are, for they shall eat the fruit of their labors. Woe to the guilty! How unfortunate they are, for what their hands have done shall be done to them. My people-- children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you, and confuse the course of your paths. The LORD rises to argue his case; he stands to judge the peoples. The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord GOD of hosts.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you. Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Gospel: Luke 20:41-21:4
Then he said to them, "How can they say that the Messiah is David's son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."' David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?" In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 16 Conserva me, Domine
1   Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."
2   All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble among the people.
3   But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied.
4   Their libations of blood I will not offer, nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
5   O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot.
6   My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7   I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night.
8   I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9   My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope.
10   For you will not abandon me to the grave, nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11   You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17 Exaudi, Domine
1   Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
2   Let my vindication come forth from your presence; let your eyes be fixed on justice.
3   Weigh my heart, summon me by night, melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
4   I give no offense with my mouth as others do; I have heeded the words of your lips.
5   My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
6   I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; incline your ear to me and hear my words.
7   Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
8   Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings,
9   From the wicked who assault me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.
10   They have closed their heart to pity, and their mouth speaks proud things.
11   They press me hard, now they surround me, watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12   Like a lion, greedy for its prey, and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13   Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14   Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand from those whose portion in life is this world;
15   Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16   But at my vindication I shall see your face; when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meu
1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
2   O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; by night as well, but I find no rest.
3   Yet you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4   Our forefathers put their trust in you; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5   They cried out to you and were delivered; they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6   But as for me, I am a worm and no man, scorned by all and despised by the people.
7   All who see me laugh me to scorn; they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8   He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, if he delights in him.
9   Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10   I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
12   Many young bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13   They open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14   I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16   Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
17   They stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
18   Be not far away, O LORD; you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19   Save me from the sword, my life from the power of the dog.
20   Save me from the lion's mouth, my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21   I will declare your Name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22   Praise the LORD, you that fear him; stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23   For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; but when they cry to him he hears them.
24   My praise is of him in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25   The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: "May your heart live for ever!"
26   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27   For kingship belongs to the LORD; he rules over the nations.
28   To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29   My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.
30   They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn the saving deeds that he has done.

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The Daily Meditation for FRIDAY, December 2, 2016

From Forward Day By Day
Written by Hugo Olaiz

Luke 21:1-3 (NRSV) He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.”

A while ago I watched a video about the “Jungle,” a shantytown in Calais, France, built and inhabited by thousands of migrants. The video features David, a young man from Eritrea. With a hammer, a handsaw, and discarded plywood, David was building a church. “You need quality time with yourself,” David says, in broken English. “Your God House can be anywhere.”

I have visited many impressive churches over the years, yet none of them move me as much as the plywood structure David was building in France’s poorest shantytown. Truly I tell you, this poor migrant has put in more than all of them!

Last February, French authorities took possession of and began to raze the Calais Jungle—not just the church but also the mosques, the theater, the library. I can still hear David’s words floating over piles of debris and through the clouds of smoke: “Your God House can be anywhere.”

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Our Daily Bread - Quiet Conversations

Read: Psalm 116:5–9 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 42–44; 1 John 1

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2

Do you ever talk to yourself? Sometimes when I’m working on a project—usually under the hood of a car—I find it helpful to think aloud, working through my options on the best way to make the repair. If someone catches me in my “conversation” it can be a little embarrassing—even though talking to ourselves is something most of us do every day.

The psalmists often talked to themselves in the Psalms. The author of Psalm 116 is no exception. In verse 7 he writes, “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Reminding himself of God’s kindness and faithfulness in the past is a practical comfort and help to him in the present. We see “conversations” like this frequently in the Psalms. In Psalm 103:1 David tells himself, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” And in Psalm 62:5 he affirms, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

It’s good to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and the hope we have in Him. We can follow the example of the psalmist and spend some time naming the many ways God has been good to us. As we do, we’ll be encouraged. The same God who has been faithful in the past will continue His love for us in the future.

Dear Lord, please help me to stay in touch with Your heart today by reminding myself of Your faithfulness and love.

Reminding ourselves about God's goodness can keep us filled with His peace.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Conversaciones tranquilas

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Leer: Salmo 116:5-9 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Juan 1

Bendice, alma mía, al Señor, y no olvides ninguno de sus beneficios (Salmo 103:2).

¿T e hablas a veces interiormente? En ocasiones, mientras trabajo en algún proyecto (por lo general, debajo del capot de un automóvil), me resulta útil pensar en voz alta para evaluar qué hacer para mejorarlo. Si alguien me descubre en mi «conversación»,  me da un poco de vergüenza; aunque la mayoría de la gente habla sola en algún momento del día.

En Salmos, los escritores solían hablarse a sí mismos. El autor del Salmo 116 no es la excepción. En el v. 7, escribe: «Vuelve, oh alma mía, a tu reposo, porque el Señor te ha hecho bien». Recordarse a sí mismo la bondad y la fidelidad de Dios en el pasado le resultaba de ayuda y consuelo en el presente. Con frecuencia, vemos «conversaciones» similares en los Salmos. Así, David se dice a sí mismo en el Salmo 103:1: «Bendice, alma mía, al Señor, y bendiga todo mi ser su santo nombre». Y en 62:5, afirma: «Alma mía, en Dios solamente reposa, porque de él es mi esperanza».

Es bueno recordarnos la fidelidad de Dios y la esperanza que tenemos en Él. Podemos seguir el ejemplo del salmista y pasar un tiempo mencionando las numerosas maneras en que el Señor ha sido bueno con nosotros. Hacerlo nos incentivará. El mismo Dios que ha sido fiel en el pasado seguirá amándonos en el futuro.

Señor, quiero mantener mi corazón en contacto contigo.

Recordar la bondad de Dios puede mantenernos llenos de su paz.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Stille Gespräche

Lesen: Psalm 116,5-9 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Hesekiel 42–44; 1.Johannes 1

Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, und vergiss nicht, was er dir Gutes getan hat. Psalm 103,2

Redest du manchmal mit dir selbst? Wenn ich mit einer speziellen Sache beschäftigt bin—meist unter einer Motorhaube—dann finde ich es hilfreich, laut zu überlegen, wie ich am besten vorgehen könnte. Wenn jemand mich dabei ertappt, ist das manchmal etwas peinlich—obwohl wir eigentlich alle Tag für Tag mit uns selbst reden.

Die Psalmendichter in den Psalmen reden oft mit sich selbst. Der Verfasser von Psalm 116 ist da keine Ausnahme. In Vers 7 schreibt er: „Sei nun wieder zufrieden, meine Seele; denn der Herr tut dir Gutes.“ Sich an Gottes Güte und Treue in der Vergangenheit zu erinnern, ist auf ganz praktische Weise Trost und Hilfe für die Gegenwart. Solche „Selbstgespräche“ finden wir häufig in den Psalmen. In Psalm 103 ruft David sich selbst auf: „Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, und was in mir ist, seinen heiligen Namen!“ Und in Psalm 62,6 sagt er sich: „Aber sei nur stille zu Gott, meine Seele; denn er ist meine Hoffnung.“

Es ist gut, wenn wir uns an Gottes Treue und an die Hoffnung, die wir in ihm haben, erinnern. Wir können dem Beispiel des Psalmisten folgen und einmal aufzählen, auf wie viele Weise Gott gut zu uns war. Das wird uns Mut machen. Derselbe Gott, der in der Vergangenheit treu war, wird uns auch in Zukunft seine Liebe erweisen.

Lieber Herr, hilf mir heute, in deiner Nähe zu bleiben und mich an deine Liebe und Treue zu erinnern.

Der Gedanke an Gottes Güte kann uns mit seinem Frieden erfüllen.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Тихие беседы

Читать сейчас: Псалом 114:5-9 | Библия за год: Иезекииль 42-44; Евреям 8

Благослови, душа моя, Господа и не забывай всех благодеяний Его. — Псалом 102:2

Вы когда-нибудь разговаривали сами с собой? Порой, когда я чем-нибудь занимаюсь (скажем, копаюсь в машине), мне нравится думать вслух, прорабатывать варианты ремонта. Правда, если кто-нибудь застает меня за таким «разговором», появляется чувство неловкости. Однако я знаю, что большинство из нас точно так же разговаривают сами с собой.

Псалмопевцы часто обращались к самим себе в своих произведениях. Автор Псалма 114 – не исключение. В стихе 7 он пишет: «Возвратись, душа моя, в покой твой, ибо Господь облагодетельствовал тебя». Напоминая себе о Божьей благости и верности в прошлом, он обретал утешение в настоящем. Подобные «беседы» мы встречаем во многих псалмах. В Псалме 102:1 Давид говорит: «Благослови, душа моя, Господа, и вся внутренность моя – святое имя Его». А в Псалме 61:6 восклицает: «Только в Боге успокаивайся, душа моя! Ибо на Него надежда моя».

Нам также полезно напоминать себе о Божьей верности и надежде, которую мы имеем в Нем. Мы можем следовать примеру псалмопевца и проводить время, перечисляя многие проявления Божьей доброты к нам и через это получая ободрение. Тот же Бог, Который был верен в прошлом, будет любить нас и в будущем.

Дорогой Господь, помоги мне поддерживать связь с Тобой, напоминая себе о Твоей верности и любви.

Напоминая себе о Божьей благости, мы исполнимся Его миром.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Des conversations intimes

Lisez : Psaume 116.5‑9 | La Bible en un an : Ézéchiel 42 – 44 et 1 Jean 1

Mon âme, bénis l’Éternel ! Que tout ce qui est en moi bénisse son saint nom ! Psaume 103.1

Vous arrive-t‑il de vous parler à vous‑même ? Parfois, quand je travaille à un projet – généralement sous le capot d’une voiture ‑, je trouve utile de me parler à voix haute pour passer en revue mes options quant au meilleur moyen d’effectuer une certaine réparation. Si quelqu’un me surprend en pleine « conversation », il peut arriver que j’en éprouve un léger embarras – même si la plupart d’entre nous se parlent à eux‑mêmes tous les jours.

Les psalmistes se sont souvent parlé à eux‑mêmes. L’auteur du Psaume 116 n’y fait d’ailleurs pas exception. Dans le verset 7, il écrit : « Mon âme, retourne à ton repos, car l’Éternel t’a fait du bien. » Se remémorer la bonté et la fidélité passées de Dieu constitue pour lui une source pratique de consolation et d’aide présentes. Or, ces « conversations » ponctuent souvent le livre des Psaumes. Dans le Psaume 103.1, David se dit d’ailleurs : « Mon âme, bénis l’Éternel ! Que tout ce qui est en moi bénisse son saint nom ! » Et dans le Psaume 62.6, il affirme ceci : « Oui, mon âme, confie‑toi en Dieu ! Car de lui vient mon espérance. »

Il est bien de nous rappeler la fidélité de Dieu et l’espoir que nous avons en lui, en nous inspirant de l’exemple du psalmiste qui s’emploie à nommer les nombreuses façons dont Dieu use de bonté envers nous. Ce faisant, nous en tirerons un encouragement. Le même Dieu qui s’est montré fidèle par le passé continuera à l’avenir de nous prodiguer son amour.

Nous remémorer la bonté de Dieu peut nous garder dans la paix.

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