Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, March 4, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Deuteronomy 7:17-26

If you say to yourself, "These nations are more numerous than I; how can I dispossess them?" do not be afraid of them. Just remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the LORD your God brought you out. The LORD your God will do the same to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. Moreover, the LORD your God will send the pestilence against them, until even the survivors and the fugitives are destroyed. Have no dread of them, for the LORD your God, who is present with you, is a great and awesome God. The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to make a quick end of them, otherwise the wild animals would become too numerous for you. But the LORD your God will give them over to you, and throw them into great panic, until they are destroyed. He will hand their kings over to you and you shall blot out their name from under heaven; no one will be able to stand against you, until you have destroyed them. The images of their gods you shall burn with fire. Do not covet the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, because you could be ensnared by it; for it is abhorrent to the LORD your God. Do not bring an abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You must utterly detest and abhor it, for it is set apart for destruction.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Titus 3:1-15

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is sure. I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. After a first and second admonition, have nothing more to do with anyone who causes divisions, since you know that such a person is perverted and sinful, being self-condemned. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Make every effort to send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way, and see that they lack nothing. And let people learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 1:43-51
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 30 Exaltabo te, Domine
1   I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lifted me up and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
2   O LORD my God, I cried out to you, and you restored me to health.
3   You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
4   Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
5   For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, his favor for a lifetime.
6   Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.
7   While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
8   Then you hid your face, and I was filled with fear.
9   I cried to you, O LORD; I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10   What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; O LORD, be my helper."
12   You have turned my wailing into dancing; you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13   Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Psalm 32 Beati quorum
1   Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!
2   Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, and in whose spirit there is no guile!
3   While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, because of my groaning all day long.
4   For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
5   Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
6   I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
7   Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
8   You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
9   I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; I will guide you with my eye.
10   Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you."
11   Great are the tribulations of the wicked; but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12   Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 42 Quemadmodum
1   As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.
2   My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3   My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?"
4   I pour out my soul when I think on these things; how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
5   With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among those who keep holy-day.
6   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
7   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
8   My soul is heavy within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
9   One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10   The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
11   I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you forgotten me? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?"
12   While my bones are being broken, my enemies mock me to my face;
13   All day long they mock me and say to me, "Where now is your God?"
14   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
15   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judica me, Deus
1   Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
2   For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?
3   Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
4   That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
5   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
6   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

Verse of the Day - March 04, 2017

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Read all of Joshua 1

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "People God Can Use"

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.

What kind of qualities does God look for in the man or woman that He wants to use? What kind of people is He searching for? Is He looking for a towering intellect? Is He looking for a born leader? Or, does the Spirit of God look for different timber, if you will, when He is searching for a man or a woman that He can use?

One thing is clear in the Scriptures: it seems as though God intentionally goes out of His way to find individuals who don’t necessarily look like they will amount to much. He chooses people who, at first glance, do not even appear to have what it takes.

When God was looking for a man to lead the nation of Israel, whom did He select? He chose a little shepherd boy named David, who was watching over a flock of sheep. When God wanted to have someone lead an army to defeat the enemies of Israel known as the Midianites, whom did God choose? He chose a cowardly man named Gideon who couldn’t even muster up the courage to show himself publicly.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote, “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. . . . As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:26–27, 29).

God is not looking for ability as much as He is looking for availability. Would you be a person who would say, “Lord, I don’t have much to offer, but what I have, Lord, I offer to you”? Then just watch what God will do.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, NLT® copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2016 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - Cada día es una oportunidad

Bendito el hombre que confía en el Señor, y pone su confianza en él. Será como un árbol plantado junto al agua, que [...] nunca deja de dar fruto.
Jeremías 17:7-8 (NVI)

Hoy es tu oportunidad de servir a alguien. La historia de ayer es tan verídica como la que te cuento hoy. Hace un año, leíamos el devocional A los pies del Maestro, de Charles Spurgeon. Fue una tremenda bendición para muchos de nosotros.

En uno de esos capítulos, el autor nos hablaba de que debemos estar gozosos donde estemos, ya sea en grandes trabajos o en sencillos. Que debemos aprovechar cada posición en la que Dios nos permite estar, no solo en el trabajo, sino en nuestra vida en general.

Además, que debemos entender que Él lo permite porque allí aprenderemos y cumpliremos ese propósito. Luego de leer esa reflexión, empezamos a ver que no debemos quejarnos.

Que nos debemos levantar agradecidos y felices aunque no nos guste los que hacemos. Que Dios ve nuestro corazón y que nuestra actitud es determinante en la vida.

No pasaron ni cinco minutos cuando nos escribió Edgar diciendo: «¿Qué hago yo que no me quiero levantar porque no me gusta ir al trabajo que tengo? ¿Cómo sé que Dios me está llamando?». Y esta quizá sea tu pregunta hoy: «¿Para qué voy para mi casa si no soy feliz?». Lo que sí te puedo decir es que debemos ser fieles en todo, aunque lo que vivamos no sea lo que deseamos.

¿Quieres un mejor trabajo? Empieza siendo fiel por este que no te gusta y cambia tu actitud.

Dios es el único que conoce tu corazón y podrá manifestarse en tu vida. Él está listo para bendecirnos y darnos lo mejor a cada uno de nosotros que somos sus hijos. ¡Hoy es tu oportunidad!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón. La Santa Biblia, Nueva Versión Internacional® NVI® Copyright © 1986, 1999, 2015 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - TEARS OF SUFFERING

Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? 
Psalm 56:8 (NIV)

Somewhere in this world a persecuted Christian might be crying right at this moment. It might seem that their tears are in vain and simply drop to the ground. But ages ago King David was convinced that God was interested in his tears. In the passage noted above, alternate translations for listing tears on a “scroll” include putting tears in a “bottle” or “wineskin.”

Today in the Middle East it is not uncommon to see a collection of oddly-shaped bottles, labeled only as “sprinklers.” But in ancient Middle Eastern times these bottles were known as “tear-catchers.” When a husband went off to war, his wife would collect her tears for him in a bottle. On his return she would hand him the bottle as proof of her love. In times of death or serious trouble, family members would bring their tear-catchers and collect tears from all the people present. Sometimes the tears would be stored in a small round jar with a lid. These tear bottles represented the sorrows of the family; tears serving as a message in a bottle. In those days each person was buried with his or her tear bottle; archaeologists have found many of these bottles in ancient tombs.

In the days of King David of Israel the bottle was more likely made of animal skin. David was a man who went through a lot of suffering and persecution. David had no doubts: his tears were not shed in vain, but were collected by God. The words in Psalm 56 could also be those of our persecuted brothers and sisters. They serve as a reminder for us to “treasure” their tears.

The words of David are still true today. People try to trample on our brothers and sisters; want to harm them; spy on their movements. David put his trust clearly in the Lord. In verses 3 and 4 he says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Watching the moving DVD documentary, A Cry from Iran, you will be brought to tears as you see and hear the story of Iranian Pastor Haik who was martyred for his faith in the mid-1990’s. He worked tirelessly for the release from prison of Christian brother Mehdi Dibaj who was sentenced to death for apostasy. Miraculously Mehdi was released. At Pastor Haik’s funeral, a teary-eyed Mehdi Dibaj said, “I was the one who should have died, not Haik.” Six months later he too was martyred.

Recently our office for the Middle East received an Iranian “tear-catcher” as a present. The bottle helps us to remember the tears of the Iranian Christians, but with them all of the Christians around the world who are being persecuted. It speaks about grief, about tears, about suffering; but also about faith and confidence in the Lord.

Let us remember their tears, knowing that as one member suffers, all members suffer. And let us rejoice that someday God will wipe away all tears from their eyes and our eyes.

RESPONSE: Today I will remember those of my extended Christian family around the world who are suffering and shedding tears.

PRAYER: Pray for persecuted church believers today who may be shedding sorrowful tears of grief.

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NIV Devotions for Couples - Fuel for the Long Run

Isaiah 40:1–31

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:30–31

More weddings at which I tie the knot result in strong marriages than end in divorce. Maybe that’s because I won’t officiate unless both partners can openly declare their trust in God. I also insist that they go through significant prenuptial counseling. Still, one couple lasted a mere 14 weeks because he didn’t match up to her romantic ideals and she way overspent his budget. Another marriage survived for a decade before it was asphyxiated by his hyper-controlling tendencies. 

But what scares me more is when a couple calls it quits after 20, 30 or 40 years. Once you get past the “11th-year-fear,” shouldn’t some deep interconnectedness set in to provide stability for the onslaught of the years? Shouldn’t it be like the old John Deere tractor that I farmed with as a boy, which took more work to get going than to keep running? I would strain to turn the massive flywheel over the first time, but once the magnets caught, the pistons popped and the flywheel gained momentum, it almost took an act of God to kill the thing!

God isn’t in the business of killing a good thing. As Isaiah notes, he “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). Even in marriage? Especially in marriage, since God thought that one up in the first place. Still, how do we find the grace to run the race of relationship and not trip along the way?

Isaiah 40 isn’t about magic. Its opening verses recall the stumbling and sinfulness of God’s people. They speak also about the warm and compassionate heart of God. The rest of the chapter breathes a reminder to seek God’s care. Marriages, like careers or characters, aren’t made overnight. They happen when folks dig in for the long run and keep their eyes on the prize.

Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck said that the scariest people aren’t those who have quirky personalities or relational scars. The most threatening folk, he wrote in People of the Lie, are those who don’t believe in a power beyond themselves. When people stop praying and assume an attitude of belligerent self-sufficiency, said Peck, they shrink the world to their perspective and seek to control it according to their whims. The result is always horrifying.

Marriages that go the distance are inevitably built on trust—in God and in each other. It’s as an 81-year-old man told me from his oversized chair. Slapping his hands on the armrests, he said, “We’re 60 years married this week and mighty proud of our family. But it’s not us that did it; it’s the grace of God.”

Wayne Brouwer

Let’s Talk
  • What do we depend on God for in our relationship? How do we express that dependency?
  • Where do we need God’s help right now? Where are we stumbling or fainting? What should we ask for to recover our courage?
  • Who around us has gone through rough places and survived? What can we learn from them? How might we gain new insights from their experiences?
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LHM Daily Devotion - "A NEW BEGINNING"

March 4, 2017

...and when Jesus had also been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove... (Luke 3:21b-22a, ESV).

Read Luke 3:21-23

For 30 years Jesus had grown and lived in obscurity in the northern region of Galilee, working as a carpenter, alongside His father Joseph. None of His neighbors knew His true identity. But now it was time to set aside those carpentry tools and reveal Himself to the people of Israel. The great Son of God made His way to the Jordan River to be baptized by His prophet John.

As He steps out of the water two amazing things happen. Something in the form of a dove comes down from above and lands on Jesus, while a voice from heaven thunders, "You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased."

The "dove" was the Holy Spirit who came down from heaven to set Jesus apart from all other Jews. It singled Him out as the "promised Messiah" (Hebrew) or the "Christ" or "anointed one" (Greek). The booming voice was that of God the Father; He declared His approval of Jesus' life from childhood to this point.

Winning God's approval is no small feat, for God is far stricter than any human father. He demands complete and perfect obedience in all our thoughts, words, deeds and desires. And that is exactly what Jesus accomplished. Every day of His life He completely obeyed God's will. Now He goes to work completing His great mission to save all people from sin, death and God's fiery judgment.

THE PRAYER:  Almighty God, when the time was right, Jesus began revealing Himself to His people. Through this season of Lent reveal Him to me as well. I pray in Jesus' Name. 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.

Devociones de Cuaresma - ¿ Qué clase de Dios tienen ustedes ?

4 de Marzo

"Señor, ¡perdona a tu pueblo! ¡No los entregues al oprobio, ni dejes que las naciones los dominen!" ... Entonces el Señor mostrará su amor por su tierra, y perdonará a su pueblo.
Joel 2:17-18, RVC (2:17-20)

Muchas veces he escuchado la burla de los que no conocen al Dios que se reveló tan claramente en su Palabra, y luego tan humanamente en su Hijo Jesús. Cada vez hay más personas que piensan que Dios es tonto, que no pudo haber tenido la inteligencia ni el poder de crear el universo que conocemos. Se burlan de un Dios que es "moralista", y se enojan con el Dios que no detiene las catástrofes y que es insensible al dolor de la enfermedad, del sufrimiento, y de la muerte.

Pero la burla y el menosprecio no se dirigen sólo a Dios, sino también a su pueblo. El profeta Joel lo sabía muy bien. Joel ora desde lo profundo, con sentimiento y convicción espiritual: "No permitas que entre los pueblos se diga que nuestro Dios nos ha abandonado." Es fácil "ver" cómo nuestra sociedad se burla de nosotros, los cristianos, porque las cosas no siempre nos salen bien, porque creemos en el matrimonio pero nos divorciamos, porque decimos que Dios nos ha perdonado pero nos cuesta perdonar a los demás, porque decimos que tenemos un mensaje de paz pero nos peleamos con medio mundo. Nuestra oración también tiene que ser: "Señor, ¡perdona a tu pueblo!" Porque no somos diferentes al pueblo de Israel en los días de Joel. Una y otra vez necesitamos orar por perdón.

Y la promesa no se hace esperar: "Entonces el Señor... perdonará a su pueblo." La cruz sangrienta donde murió Jesús, y su tumba vacía, son la muestra palpable de cuánto Dios nos ama. Tanto, que no se cansa de esperar nuestro pedido de misericordia, sino que está siempre presto a llenarnos de su paz.

Gracias, Padre, por perdonarnos en Jesús. Ayúdanos a vivir como hijos tuyos. Amén.

© Copyright 2017 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Reina Valera Contemporánea (RVC) Copyright © 2009, 2011 by Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas.

Our Daily Bread - Of Love and Old Shoes

Read: Psalm 139:1–12 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 31–33; Mark 9:1–29

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:4

Sometimes my wife and I finish each other’s sentences. In over thirty years of marriage we’ve become increasingly familiar with the way the other thinks and speaks. We may not even have to finish a sentence at all; just a word or a glance is enough to express a thought.

There’s comfort in that—like an old pair of shoes you continue to wear because they fit so well. Sometimes we even refer to each other affectionately as “my old shoe”—a compliment that might be difficult to understand if you didn’t know us well! Through the years our relationship has developed a language of its own, with expressions that are the result of decades of love and trust.

It’s comforting to know that God loves us with a deep familiarity. David wrote, “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely” (Ps. 139:4). Imagine having a quiet conversation with Jesus where you’re telling Him the deepest matters of your heart. Just when you’re struggling to get the words out, He gives you a knowing smile and expresses exactly what you couldn’t quite say. How good it is to know that we don’t have to get our words just right to talk to God! He loves us and knows us well enough to understand.

You know all about me, Lord, and You love me. Thank You for understanding me completely! Please help me to love You and follow You today.

God looks past our words to our hearts.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Tình Yêu Và Chiếc Giày Cũ

Đọc: Thi Thiên 139:1-12 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Dân số ký 31-33; Mác 9:1-29

Khi lời chưa ở trên lưỡi con, lạy Đức Giê-hô-va, Ngài đã biết hết rồi. (Thi Thiên 139:4)

Đôi khi, tôi và vợ tôi lại hoàn tất những câu nói của nhau. Hơn 30 năm trong cuộc sống hôn nhân, chúng tôi ngày càng quen thuộc với cách người kia suy nghĩ và nói. Chúng tôi thậm chí không cần phải nói hết câu; chỉ một từ hay ánh mắt là đủ để bày tỏ suy nghĩ của mình.

Tôi thấy được an ủi về điều đó – giống như đôi giày cũ mà bạn thích mang vì nó rất vừa vặn. Đôi khi, chúng tôi nói về nhau cách trìu mến là “chiếc giày cũ của tôi” – lời khen có thể khó hiểu nếu bạn không biết rõ chúng tôi. Qua nhiều năm, mối quan hệ của chúng tôi đã hình thành nên ngôn ngữ riêng của mình, với những cách diễn đạt xuất phát từ hàng chục năm yêu thương và tin tưởng.

Thật an ủi khi biết rằng tình yêu Đức Chúa Trời dành cho chúng ta thật thân thuộc sâu sắc. Đa-vít viết: “Khi lời chưa ở trên lưỡi con, lạy Đức Giê-hô-va, Ngài đã biết hết rồi” (Thi. 139:4). Hãy tưởng tượng bạn trò chuyện thầm với Chúa Jêsus và kể cho Ngài nghe những vấn đề sâu thẳm nhất trong lòng bạn. Khi bạn cố gắng để thốt nên lời, Ngài mỉm cười thấu hiểu và diễn đạt chính xác điều bạn không thể nói ra. Thật vui khi biết rằng chúng ta không cần phải tìm từ ngữ chính xác để nói chuyện với Chúa! Ngài yêu thương và biết chúng ta đủ rõ để hiểu được.

Lạy Chúa, Ngài biết mọi điều về con và Ngài yêu con. Cảm ơn Chúa đã hiểu con một cách trọn vẹn! Xin giúp con yêu mến Ngài và bước theo Ngài hôm nay.

Chúa nhìn xuyên từ lời nói đến tấm lòng chúng ta.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Amor y zapatos viejos

Leer: Salmo 139:1-12 | La Biblia en un año: Marcos 9:1-29

Pues aún no está la palabra en mi lengua, y he aquí, oh Señor, tú la sabes toda (Salmo 139:4).

A veces, mi esposa y yo completamos las frases el uno del otro. Después de 30 años de matrimonio, cada vez conocemos mejor la manera de pensar y hablar del otro. Incluso, a veces ni siquiera tenemos que terminar una frase; solo una palabra o una mirada basta para expresar lo que pensamos.

Todo esto tiene su lado placentero… como un par de zapatos que uno sigue usando porque son tan cómodos. A veces, hasta nos llamamos afectuosamente el uno al otro: «mi zapato viejo»; ¡elogio que te resultaría difícil entender si no nos conocieras bien! Con los años, nuestra relación ha generado un lenguaje propio, con expresiones que son el resultado de décadas de amor y confianza.

Es placentero saber que Dios nos ama con una profunda familiaridad. David escribió: «aún no está la palabra en mi lengua, y he aquí, oh Jehová, tú la sabes toda» (Salmo 139:4). Imagina tener una conversación tranquila con Jesús y contarle lo que más pesa en tu corazón. Mientras luchas por encontrar las palabras, Él te sonríe y dice exactamente lo que no puedes expresar. ¡Qué bueno es saber que no necesitamos decir las palabras correctas para hablar con Dios! Él nos ama y nos conoce lo suficiente para entender.

¡Señor, gracias por entenderme por completo! Ayúdame a amarte y seguirte hoy.

Dios mira más allá de nuestras palabras; ve nuestro corazón.

Unser Täglich Brot - Liebe und alte Schuhe

Lesen: Psalm 139,1-12 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 4.Mose 31–33; Markus 9,1-29

Es ist kein Wort auf meiner Zunge, das du, Herr, nicht schon wüsstest. Psalm 139,4

Manchmal spricht meine Frau den Satz den ich angefangen habe zu Ende oder andersherum. In über dreißig Jahren Ehe sind wir vertraut mit der Art, wie der andere denkt oder spricht. Manchmal müssen wir einen Satz nicht einmal zu Ende sprechen. Ein Wort oder ein Blick genügen und wir wissen Bescheid.

Irgendwie ist das sehr tröstlich—wie ein Paar alter Schuhe, die man immer noch trägt, weil sie so gut passen. Wir nennen uns sogar manchmal zärtlich „mein alter Schuh“—ein Kosename, der für Leute, die uns nicht so gut kennen, sicher schwer zu verstehen ist! Aber im Lauf der Jahre hat unsere Beziehung eine eigene Sprache entwickelt mit Ausdrücken, die in Jahrzehnten der Liebe und des Vertrauens gewachsen sind.

Es ist tröstlich, dass Gott uns mit genauso vertrauter Liebe liebt. David schreibt: „Denn siehe, es ist kein Wort auf meiner Zunge, das du, Herr, nicht schon wüsstest“ (Ps. 139,4). Stell dir einmal vor, du wärst im stillen Gespräch mit Jesus und würdest ihm alles erzählen, was dir auf dem Herzen liegt. Aber noch während du um die Worte ringst, lächelt er dir wissend zu und sagt genau das, was du nicht richtig formulieren konntest. Wie gut ist es zu wissen, dass wir nicht erst die richtigen Worte finden müssen, um mit Gott zu reden! Er liebt uns und kennt uns gut genug, um uns zu verstehen.

Herr, du weißt alles von mir und du liebst mich. Danke, dass du mich durch und durch verstehst! Bitte hilf mir heute, dich zu lieben und dir zu folgen.

Gott sieht hinter unsere Worte in unser Herz.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - D’amour et de vieux souliers

Car la parole n’est pas sur ma langue, que déjà, ô Éternel ! tu la connais entièrement. (Psaume 139.4)

Il nous arrive parfois, à ma femme et à moi, de finir les phrases l’un de l’autre. En plus de trente années de mariage, nous avons appris à toujours mieux connaître ce que l’autre pense ou dira. Il n’est pas même nécessaire à chacun de finir ses phrases ; un simple mot ou coup d’oeil suffit à exprimer une pensée.

Il y a du réconfort en cela – comme une vieille paire de chaussures que l’on continue de porter parce qu’elles nous vont à merveille. Nous nous désignons même parfois l’un l’autre affectueusement comme « ma vieille chaussure », un compliment que ceux qui ne nous connaissent pas bien pourraient avoir du mal à juger affectueux ! Au fil des ans, notre relation s’est acquis un langage lui étant propre, dotée d’expressions résultant d’un amour et d’une confiance qui durent depuis des décennies.

Il est réconfortant de savoir que Dieu nous aime d’une grande intimité. David a écrit : « Car la parole n’est pas sur ma langue, que déjà, ô Éternel ! tu la connais entièrement » (PS 139.4). Imaginez un peu vous entretenir en privé avec Jésus de ce qui vous tient le plus à coeur. Au moment même où vous vous efforcez de vous livrer à lui, il vous sert un sourire entendu qui exprime tout à fait ce que vous ne parveniez pas à nommer avec exactitude. Quel bienfait que de ne pas avoir à toujours tout dire correctement dans nos entretiens avec Dieu ! Il nous aime et nous connaît assez pour bien nous comprendre.

Dieu regarde au‑delà de nos paroles, jusque dans notre coeur.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Любов і старі черевики

Читати: Псалом 138:1-12 | Біблія за рік: Числа 31–33 ; Марка 9:1-29

Ще слова нема на моїм язиці, а вже, Господи, знаєш те все! — Псалом 138:4

Інколи я договорюю речення дружини, а вона – мої. За тридцять років шлюбного життя ми навчились дуже добре розуміти один одного – “читаємо” думки, завчили типові фрази і знаємо наперед, що буде сказано. Тому інколи не потребуємо навіть закінчувати речення. Достатньо одного лише слова. Навіть погляду.

В цьому є неабияка втіха. Це чимось нагадує пару старих черевиків, які ми продовжуємо носити, бо почуваємося в них дуже зручно. Інколи ми з дружиною навіть називаємо ніжно один одного “мій старенький черевичок”. Звісно, такий комплімент важко зрозуміти тим, хто нас не знає достатньо близько! Після багатьох років наші стосунки породили свій власний лексикон – ті вирази й слова, що є результатом десятирічь шлюбного життя в любові й довірі.

Велика втіха знати, що Бог любить нас особисто. Давид писав: “Ще слова нема на моїм язиці, а вже, Господи, знаєш те все!” (Пс. 138:4). Уявіть собі тихе спілкування з Ісусом, коли ви розказуєте Йому найпотаємніше, що є у вашому серці. Коли ж вам важко підібрати потрібне слово, Він просто з посмішкою завершує ваше речення. Як добре знати, що під час бесіди з Богом нам не потрібно підбирати “лише правильні” слова! Він любить нас і знає нас достатньо, щоб розуміти.

Ти знаєш все про мене, Господи. І ти любиш мене. Дякую за те, що цілковито мене розумієш! Допоможи, будь ласка, любити Тебе й слідувати за Тобою.

Бог не лише чує наші слова – Він бачить наше серце.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - О любви и старых туфлях

Читать сейчас: Псалом 138:1-12 | Библия за год: Числа 31-33; Марка 9:1-29

Еще нет слова на языке моем, Ты, Господи, уже знаешь его совершенно. — Псалом 138:4

Иногда мы с женой заканчиваем предложения друг за друга. После тридцати лет брака образ мышления и наши манеры выражаться настолько слились, что мы понимаем друг друга с полуслова. Порой в разговоре мы не утруждаемся закончить предложение: одного-двух слов вполне достаточно, чтобы выразить мысль.

В этом есть своего рода комфорт – как в старых туфлях, которые вы продолжаете носить, потому что они изумительно сидят на ноге. Мы иногда так и называем друг друга: «моя старая туфля» – комплимент, которого не понимают те, кто мало с нами знаком. За годы совместной жизни мы выработали свой собственный язык. Это плод десятилетий любви и доверия.

Утешительно знать, что Бог любит каждого из нас лично. Давид писал: «Еще нет слова на языке моем, Ты, Господи, уже знаешь его совершенно» (Пс. 138:4). Представьте тихую беседу с Иисусом, в которой вы рассказываете Ему все, что вас волнует. И прежде чем вы подберете нужное слово, Он улыбается вам и говорит именно то, что вы хотели сказать. Как замечательно знать, что в нашем с Ним общении слова играют второстепенную роль! Он любит нас и знает настолько хорошо, что понимает с полуслова.

Ты все обо мне знаешь, Господь. Благодарю Тебя за любовь и понимание. Помоги и мне любить Тебя и следовать за Тобой.

Прежде слов Бог слушает сердце.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный