Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, February 11, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 61:10-62:5

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 2 Timothy 4:1-8

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 10:46-52
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today.
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 87 Fundamenta ejus
1   On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2   Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of our God.
3   I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born.
4   Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
5   The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, "These also were born there."
6   The singers and the dancers will say, "All my fresh springs are in you."

Psalm 90 Domine, refugium
1   Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.
2   Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.
3   You turn us back to the dust and say, "Go back, O child of earth."
4   For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a watch in the night.
5   You sweep us away like a dream; we fade away suddenly like the grass.
6   In the morning it is green and flourishes; in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7   For we consume away in your displeasure; we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
8   Our iniquities you have set before you, and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
9   When you are angry, all our days are gone; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11   Who regards the power of your wrath? who rightly fears your indignation?
12   So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? be gracious to your servants.
14   Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15   Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16   Show your servants your works and your splendor to their children.
17   May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 136 Confitemini
1   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever.
2   Give thanks to the God of gods, for his mercy endures for ever.
3   Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his mercy endures for ever.
4   Who only does great wonders, for his mercy endures for ever;
5   Who by wisdom made the heavens, for his mercy endures for ever;
6   Who spread out the earth upon the waters, for his mercy endures for ever;
7   Who created great lights, for his mercy endures for ever;
8   The sun to rule the day, for his mercy endures for ever;
9   The moon and the stars to govern the night, for his mercy endures for ever.
10   Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, for his mercy endures for ever;
11   And brought out Israel from among them, for his mercy endures for ever;
12   With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, for his mercy endures for ever;
13   Who divided the Red Sea in two, for his mercy endures for ever;
14   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for his mercy endures for ever;
15   But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, for his mercy endures for ever;
16   Who led his people through the wilderness, for his mercy endures for ever.
17   Who struck down great kings, for his mercy endures for ever;
18   And slew mighty kings, for his mercy endures for ever;
19   Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his mercy endures for ever;
20   And Og, the king of Bashan, for his mercy endures for ever;
21   And gave away their lands for an inheritance, for his mercy endures for ever;
22   An inheritance for Israel his servant, for his mercy endures for ever.
23   Who remembered us in our low estate, for his mercy endures for ever;
24   And delivered us from our enemies, for his mercy endures for ever;
25   Who gives food to all creatures, for his mercy endures for ever.
26   Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy endures for ever.

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Verse of the Day - February 11, 2017

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Read all of 1 Corinthians 13

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Parenting by Example"

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6, NKJV

Proverbs 22:6 is a well-known verse. It's often quoted when a child is going astray. It says, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." I think that is a great verse, but here is the question I want to ask you, if you are a parent: Have you done your part? Have you actually trained up a child in the way they should go? Do you understand what that means?

Our job as parents is to point our children to Jesus. Listen to this, parent: if you do not take a proactive interest in your child's spiritual welfare, someone else will, and it will likely not be good.

Don't leave it to the public school system to teach your child values. Don't leave it to the media to teach your child what is right and wrong. That is your job, Mom and Dad. Teach them. Lead them. Guide them. Train them in the way they should go. If you don't do it, the Bible says, "A child left to himself will bring shame to his mother" (Proverbs 29:15).

What does it mean to train up? One way this phrase can be translated is to create a thirst in. Create a spiritual thirst in the life of your child. How do you do that? By having a walk with God that is attractive. Have a relationship with the Lord that they would want to aspire to. Create in them a thirst to know God like you know God.

To train up a child is to create a thirst in them for the things of God—by example. By modeling it. By showing them what it is to be a real Christian.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Solo da gracias

Te damos gracias, oh Dios, te damos gracias e invocamos tu nombre. Salmo 75:1, NVI

Hoy quiero que dediquemos estos cortos minutos a darle gracias a Dios por todo lo que nos ha dado. No todos los días debemos pedirle a Dios.

Es muy bonito poder levantar nuestra mirada y decir:

«Gracias, Dios, porque me regalaste un nuevo día. Tengo salud y sé que tú me cuidas aun cuando estoy dormido. Gracias, mi Dios, porque has llegado a mi vida, porque quizá a través de estas pequeñas enseñanzas de experiencias vividas estoy aprendiendo a conocerte más de cerca. Estoy reconociendo que en verdad estás vivo, que eres real. Que estás tan cerca de mí que te interesa mi vida para que me vaya bien. Conoces mis necesidades y me concedes las cosas que ni siquiera te había pedido. Gracias por las cosas que estoy viviendo y, aunque no las entiendo, veo tu mano interviniendo. Sé que pronto me sacarás adelante. Señor, la clave está en la obediencia. Sé que siendo obediente a ti voy a recibir todas las bendiciones».

Recuerden, esta fórmula no falla: Obediencia=Bendición.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - FEAR GOD, FEAR NOTHING ELSE

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

The Apostle John repeatedly teaches that loving God (other scripture writers refer to it as “fearing” God) is the antidote to fear. Fear is a tactic of Satan which all believers must face. Those under severe persecution often face this challenge early. 

Behbaha, an Iranian secret believer from Muslim background (MBB), shares that her aunt went to a house church and she accompanied her. But she was afraid. She knew that the government controlled the church and that scared her.

“At that time I worked in a job that was state controlled. Every time they gave us questionnaires we should fill out, one of the questions is about religion. Of course you have to fill in; ‘Muslim,’ but I could not do that anymore…”

In the house church she attended with her aunt she learned about the Bible and what Jesus taught in a very practical way. Taking a discipleship training course was a great blessing for Behbaha. She says, “I was able to understand the Bible, I saw the good Lord of the Bible, saw His love—and that changed my life.” After six years of searching she gave her life to Jesus.

The good thing is that her family does not have any problems with her changing and going to church. “Neighbors are the problem”, she states. “The government tells on radio and TV that if you know a person who is not dedicated to the government or to Islam you should go to the police and tell them when you suspect someone of being a Christian.”

After she became a Christian she left her job. “Much too dangerous,” she comments. “I am not able anymore to fill out that form [because of the religion question]. Now I am working part time with some small companies, who are not working with these forms asking about faith.” She does not know if she is observed by the secret police, because of her former job. Behbaha is not aware of being watched. “But I have to be careful, they are able to kill me,” she says with conviction. “Sometimes people are killed; sometimes they have to leave the country. Maybe, if they catch me, I will be killed, but this week of training took away my fear.”

The first three discipleship courses were via internet. The fourth she did in a safe location. Behbaha concludes, “The course on location is very good. The interaction among each other, seeing the teacher face to face, meant that I did not fall asleep, like often happens in church. This is very good.”

After taking the training seminar she wants to teach the course to others—especially church people. Behbaha also wants to pass on the training to her family and friends. “I want to share and show love. My dream after this training is to have house groups with my family members, friends and colleagues to teach them. 

But…your life should be a good testimony to everyone and Jesus must increase in your life. I am working on that.”

RESPONSE: Today I will focus on fearing God so that I will not fear anything or anyone else.

PRAYER: Pray new believers around the world involved in discipleship training will learn not to fear.

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NIV Devotions for Couples - When Excuses Won’t Do

Judges 6:1–27

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 

Isn’t God amazing? Throughout the Bible he patiently works with complainers, self-doubters and rebels. And not only that, but God also works his plan through truly weak people, like Gideon—or like a man and woman in marriage.

Gideon had good reason to fear an assignment from God to deliver the children of Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. His faith and his clan were weak, and the Israelites were mixing Baal worship with God worship. Even just talking to the Lord must have struck fear in Gideon’s heart: Didn’t he also deserve to be punished for failing to worship God with his whole heart?

Gideon thought his conversation with God was all about him. But, as we find out, Gideon came to realize he was just a player in God’s story, and God was the One with the power to save Israel. God patiently worked with Gideon to remove his doubts and to make him aware that God alone was his strength, telling him in verse 16, “I will be with you.”

So how do we complainers, self-doubters and rebels respond when we encounter God’s assignments in our married life? The first challenge is that there are two of us for God to deal with. Since God established the marriage covenant, he’s not inclined to undermine it by leading a husband and wife in different directions.

When my husband Grey and I were ending a one-year overseas mission assignment, the director of the mission agency challenged us to return as career workers. Grey was game, but I was unwilling to commit because I didn’t want to take on the challenge of raising financial support. We had funded one year of mission work with our own savings, but relying on God to lead people to support us caused me great anxiety.

While Grey stayed steady in his commitment to return to the mission field, I, like Gideon, whined about it and then asked God for a sign. When the first sign came (I encouraged Grey to look for a job in the United States, but all those career doors closed), I asked for another sign. Gideon-like, I was setting up my own fleece experiments.

This time God’s response was unmistakable. People started giving to us. Check after check finally brought me to the conclusion that God wanted to use us, ordinary people, to do his work overseas. We were nothing special, but raising support went well. We went back to the field for nine more years.

Gideon’s story, and the whole Bible, is full of principles we can apply to our lives today. Each day of marriage we can recall God’s blessings to us, be assured that he is with us—even in our weaknesses—and believe that he has work for us to do.

Mary Ann Jeffreys

Let’s Talk
  • What are some methods God uses to lead our decision making in marriage?
  • How do we distinguish God’s leading from our own desires and goals?
  • When we sense God leading each of us in different directions, how can we come to agreement?
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LHM Daily Devotion - "No Place Worse"

 February 11, 2017

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the Law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
- Romans 8:1-4, ESV

Most of us have been in situations we would prefer not to repeat. You know,

• the time you told a hilarious joke and instead of laughter there was a deafening silence;
• the time you asked a pregnant woman when she was due, and the lady wasn't pregnant;
• the time you volunteered to lead a group in praying the Lord's Prayer, but the only prayer you could remember was "Come Lord Jesus, be our Guest ...."

At such moments you couldn't think of any place to be that would be worse than where you were at that moment.

I think 70-year-old Lawrence Ripple felt that way about much of his life. At least he felt that way about his marriage. How do I know? Well, in September, Ripple went into a Kansas City, Kansas, bank, told the teller he had a gun, and demanded some cash. He got about $3,000.

But Ripple didn't try to make a getaway.

Nope, he sat down in the bank's lobby and waited. When a guard showed up, he told the man, "I'm the fellow you are looking for." Ripple was arrested and is going to go on trial. If things go against him, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Of course, if you talk to Ripple, he will tell you jail time is exactly what he wants.

You see, he felt his married home-life was so bad, he was willing to do anything, including holding up a bank, to get out of the terrible situation. For Ripple, his home was the worst place to be.

It occurs to me that no matter how bad the situations of our lives may be, no matter how terrible we may feel about our circumstances, there is one place that is the worst of all.

That place is hell. Hell is the one place where we don't want to go, the one place we don't want to stay.

Now, thankfully, you don't have to go there. Nobody has to go there.

So hell might become an impossibility for us, our Heavenly Father sent His Son into this world to take our place. Throughout His entire life, Jesus did all that was necessary to rescue us from the torment that most certainly awaited us. His perfect life and His unfair death was the sacrifice necessary to rescue any and all who are brought to faith in Him.

His third-day resurrection from the dead is God's ultimate proof that hell's doors are shut to those who are part of God's family of faith.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that because of my Savior I won't be going to hell. May the Holy Spirit touch those who are headed that direction and turn them around. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin!  Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Our Daily Bread - I Know Everything

Read: Psalm 139:1–18 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 11–12; Matthew 26:1–25

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:3

Our son and daughter-in-law had an emergency. Our grandson Cameron was suffering from pneumonia and bronchitis and needed to go to the hospital. They asked if we could pick up their five-year-old son, Nathan, from school and take him home. Marlene and I were glad to do so.

When Nathan got in the car, Marlene asked, “Are you surprised that we came to get you today?” He responded, “No!” When we asked why not, he replied, “Because I know everything!”

A five-year-old can claim to know everything, but those of us who are a bit older know better. We often have more questions than answers. We wonder about the whys, whens, and hows of life—often forgetting that though we do not know everything, we know the God who does.

Psalm 139:1 and 3 speak of our all-knowing God’s all-encompassing, intimate understanding of us. David says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. . . . You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” How comforting to know God loves us perfectly, is fully aware of what we will face today, and He knows how best to help us in every circumstance of life.

Our knowledge will always be limited, but knowing God is what matters most. We can trust Him.

Thank You, Lord, that You know everything about me and what I need.

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Knowing God is what matters most.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Ta Biết Hết Mọi Điều

Đọc: Thi Thiên 139:1-18 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Lê-vi ký 11-12; Ma-thi-ơ 26:1-25

Chúa xem xét lối con đi và chỗ con nằm nghỉ, quen biết các đường lối con. Thi Thiên 139:3

Con trai và con dâu tôi có chuyện khẩn cấp. Cháu trai của tôi là Cameron đang bị viêm phổi và viêm phế quản cần được đưa vào bệnh viện. Hai con tôi hỏi liệu chúng tôi có thể đến trường đón giúp Nathan, cậu con trai năm tuổi về được không. Vợ chồng tôi sẵn lòng làm việc đó.

Khi Nathan vào trong xe, vợ tôi hỏi: “Con có ngạc nhiên vì hôm nay ông bà đến đón con không?” Nó trả lời: “Dạ không!” Khi chúng tôi hỏi tại sao, nó trả lời: “Chuyện gì con chẳng biết!”

Một đứa trẻ năm tuổi có thể tuyên bố là biết hết mọi thứ, nhưng những người lớn như chúng ta mới biết nhiều hơn. Chúng ta thường có nhiều câu hỏi hơn là câu trả lời. Chúng ta đặt ra rất nhiều câu hỏi tại sao, khi nào và như thế nào về cuộc sống – và thường quên rằng dù chúng ta không biết hết mọi chuyện, nhưng chúng ta biết Chúa là Đấng biết hết mọi điều.

Thi Thiên 139:1,3 nói về sự hiểu biết trọn vẹn và thân mật của một Đức Chúa Trời biết hết mọi điều. Đa-vít nói: “Lạy Đức Giê-hô-va, Ngài đã dò xét con và biết rõ con. Chúa xem xét lối con đi và chỗ con nằm nghỉ, quen biết các đường lối con.” Thật được an ủi làm sao khi biết rằng Chúa yêu chúng ta cách trọn vẹn và Ngài hoàn toàn biết rõ những gì chúng ta đối diện hôm nay, và Ngài còn biết cách tốt nhất để giúp chúng ta trong mọi hoàn cảnh của cuộc sống.

Sự hiểu biết của chúng ta luôn giới hạn, nhưng biết Chúa là điều quan trọng nhất. Chúng ta có thể tin cậy nơi Ngài.

Lạy Chúa, cảm ơn Ngài đã biết rõ về con và mọi điều con cần.

Biết Chúa là điều quan trọng nhất.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Yo sé todo

Leer: Salmos 139:1-18 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 26:1-25

Has escudriñado mi andar y mi reposo, y todos mis caminos te son conocidos (Salmos 139:3).

Nuestro hijo y nuera tuvieron que ir de urgencia al hospital porque nuestro nieto tenía neumonía y bronquitis. Nos preguntaron si podíamos ir a buscar a su otro hijo, de cinco años, a la escuela y llevarlo a casa. Con mi esposa, estábamos encantados de poder hacerlo.

Cuando el pequeño subió al auto, mi esposa le preguntó: «¿Te sorprendió que nosotros viniéramos a buscarte?». A lo que él respondió: «¡No!». Cuando le preguntamos por qué no, dijo: «¡Porque yo sé todo!».
Un niño de cinco años afirma saberlo todo, pero los que somos un poco mayores sabemos que no es así. A menudo, tenemos más preguntas que respuestas. Nos preguntamos sobre los porqués y las circunstancias de la vida… olvidando muchas veces que, aunque nosotros no sepamos todo, sí conocemos al Dios que todo lo sabe.

Salmos 139:1-3 habla del conocimiento ilimitado e íntimo que nuestro Dios omnisciente tiene de nosotros. David declara: «Tú me has examinado y conocido. […]. Has escudriñado mi andar y mi reposo, y todos mis caminos te son conocidos». ¡Qué consolador es saber que Dios nos ama a la perfección, que es plenamente consciente de lo que enfrentamos hoy y que sabe cómo ayudarnos de la mejor manera en cada circunstancia!

Señor, gracias porque sabes todo sobre mí y lo que necesito.

Lo más importante es conocer a Dios.

© 2017 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Ich weiß alles

Lesen: Psalm 139,1-18 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 3.Mose 11–12; Matthäus 26,1-25

Ich gehe oder liege, so bist du um mich und siehst alle meine Wege. Psalm 139,3

Unser Sohn und seine Frau brauchten Hilfe. Unser Enkel Cameron hatte Lungenentzündung und Bronchitis und musste ins Krankenhaus. Sie fragten, ob wir Nathan, den Fünfjährigen, von der Schule abholen und nach Hause bringen könnten. Natürlich sagten wir sofort zu.

Als Nathan ins Auto kletterte, fragte meine Frau: „Wunderst du dich, dass wir dich heute abholen?“ „Nein“, kam die Antwort. Als wir fragten, wieso nicht, erwiderte er: „Weil ich alles weiß!“

Ein Fünfjähriger kann behaupten, er wisse alles, aber wir, die wir schon etwas älter sind, wissen es besser. Wir haben oft mehr Fragen als Antworten. Wir fragen nach dem Warum und Wann und Wie im Leben und vergessen dabei oft, dass wir zwar nicht allwissend sind, aber dass wir einen Gott haben, der alles weiß.

Psalm 139 spricht in den Versen 1 und 3 vom allumfassenden Wissen unseres allwissenden Gottes. David sagt: „Herr, du erforschest mich und kennest mich . . . Ich gehe oder liege, so bist du um mich und siehst alle meine Wege.“ Wie tröstlich zu wissen, dass Gott uns vollkommen liebt, dass er um alles weiß, was uns heute begegnen wird, und dass er auch am besten weiß, wie er uns in allen Lagen helfen kann.

Unser Wissen ist immer begrenzt. Aber wichtig ist, dass wir Gott kennen. Ihm können wir vertrauen.

Danke, Herr, dass du alles über mich weißt und weißt, was ich brauche. Lerne, wie du dich an der Gegenwart Gottes freuen kannst, auf

Wichtig ist, dass wir Gott kennen.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Je sais tout

Tu sais quand je marche et quand je me couche, et tu pénètres toutes mes voies. (Psaume 139.3)

Notre fils et notre belle‑fille ont eu une urgence. Notre petit‑fils Cameron avait contracté une bronchopneumonie, si bien qu’il leur fallait le conduire à l’hôpital. Ils nous ont alors demandé si nous pouvions passer prendre leur fils de cinq ans, Nathan, à son école pour le ramener à la maison, ce que Marlene et moi étions heureux de faire.

Lorsque Nathan est monté dans la voiture, Marlene lui a demandé : « Es‑tu surpris que nous venions te chercher aujourd’hui ? » Ce à quoi il a répondu : « Non ! » Quand nous avons voulu savoir pourquoi, il nous a indiqué : « Parce que je sais tout ! »

Un enfant de cinq ans peut prétendre tout savoir, mais nous qui sommes un peu plus vieux savons pertinemment que la réalité est tout autre, car nous avons souvent plus de questions que de réponses. Nous nous interrogeons quant aux pourquoi, aux quand et aux comment de la vie – oubliant souvent que, même si nous ne savons pas tout, c’est tout le contraire pour Dieu.

Le Psaume 139 parle de l’intime connaissance que notre Dieu omniscient a de chacun de nous : « Tu sais quand je marche et quand je me couche, et tu pénètres toutes mes voies » (V. 3). Quel réconfort de savoir que Dieu nous aime à la perfection, qu’il est bien conscient de ce qui nous attend demain et qu’il nous apportera la meilleure aide qui soit en toute situation !

Nos connaissances ont beau être limitées, celle que nous avons de Dieu comptera toujours plus que tout. Il est digne de confiance.

Connaître Dieu, voilà tout ce qui compte !

Хліб Наш Насущній - Я знаю все

Читати: Псалом 138:1-18 | Біблія за рік: Левит 11−12 ; Матвія 26:1-25

Дорогу мою та лежання моє виміряєш, і Ти всі путі мої знаєш. — Псалом 138:3

У мого сина та невістки сталася надзвичайна ситуація: мій внук Камерон захворів на пневмонію і потребував негайної госпіталізації. Отже, наші діти спитали мене й мою дружину Мерлін, чи не змогли б ми забрати їхнього п’ятирічного Натана зі школи додому. Ми з радістю погодились.

Коли ж Натан вже сидів у нашій машині, Мерлін спитала в нього: “Ти здивований, що ми сьогодні заїхали за тобою?” Він відразу ж відповів: “Ні! Тому що я все знаю!”

Так, п’ятирічний хлопчик може стверджувати, що все знає, але ті, хто трішки старші, краще розуміють життя. Дорослі мають більше запитань, ніж відповідей. Нас часто непокоять питання “чому?”, “коли?” і “як?” Та ми інколи забуваємо, що хоча ми не знаємо всього, але Бог знає. Цар Давид у Псалмі 138 говорить про те, що Боже розуміння є дуже глибоким, всеохоплюючим. “Господи, випробував Ти мене та й пізнав… Дорогу мою та лежання моє виміряєш, і Ти всі путі мої знаєш” (Пс. 138:1, 3). Яка це втіха знати, що Бог любить нас довершеною любов’ю, що Він цілком розуміє ті проблеми, з якими ми сьогодні стикаємося, і чудово знає, як найкраще допомогти нам у кожній непростій обставині нашого життя!

Наше знання завжди буде обмеженим, але найголовніше – то пізнання Бога. Ми можемо довіряти Йому.

Дякую Тобі, Господи, за те, що Тобі відомо все про мене – Ти знаєш всі мої потреби.

Пізнання Бога – це найголовніше.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Я все знаю

Читать сейчас: Псалом 138:1-18 | Библия за год: Левит 11-12; Матфея 26:1-25

Иду ли я, отдыхаю ли – Ты окружаешь меня, и все пути мои известны Тебе. — Псалом 138:3

У нашего сына с невесткой возникли проблемы: их малыш Кэмерон страдал от пневмонии, а тут еще заболел бронхитом. Нужно было везти его в больницу. Они попросили нас забрать второго их сына, пятилетнего Нафана, из школы и привезти домой. Мы с Марлин, конечно, согласились.

Когда Нафан забрался в машину, Марлин спросила: «Ты удивился, что сегодня за тобой приехали мы?» «Нет», – ответил Нафан. Мы спросили почему, и он деловито заявил: «Потому что я все знаю!»

Пятилетний паренек может считать, что знает все. Зато у нас, взрослых, часто бывает больше вопросов, чем ответов. Нас интересуют многие «что», «где» и «когда» этой непростой жизни. И при этом мы забываем, что, хотя нам известно не так много, зато мы знаем Бога, Который всезнающ.

В Псалме 138 псалмопевец говорит о Боге, Который не только все знает, но также глубоко сочувствует нам. Давид пишет: «Господи! Ты испытал меня и знаешь... Иду ли я, отдыхаю ли – Ты окружаешь меня, и все пути мои известны Тебе» (Пс. 138:1, 3). Как утешительно помнить, что Бог любит нас совершенной любовью и точно знает, что нас ожидает впереди. В любых обстоятельствах жизни Он готов оказать нам самую лучшую помощь.

Наше знание всегда будет ограничено, но самое главное – знать Бога. Мы можем положиться на Него.

Благодарю Тебя, Господь, что Ты знаешь все обо мне и моих нуждах.

Самое главное – знать Бога.