Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily Reading for THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 - Easter Thursday

Morning Prayer

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Introit

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD." So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude. Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.' Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD."


Psalm 8 Domine, Dominus noster
1   O LORD our Governor, how exalted is your Name in all the world!
2   Out of the mouths of infants and children your majesty is praised above the heavens.
3   You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, to quell the enemy and the avenger.
4   When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
5   What is man that you should be mindful of him? the son of man that you should seek him out?
6   You have made him but little lower than the angels; you adorn him with glory and honor;
7   You give him mastery over the works of your hands; you put all things under his feet:
8   All sheep and oxen, even the wild beasts of the field,
9   The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.
10   O LORD our Governor, how exalted is your Name in all the world!

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Acts 3:11-26

While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's Portico, utterly astonished. When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. "And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.' And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, 'And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 24:36-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you-- that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christs Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

A Prayer for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God! Alleluia, alleluia!

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen

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Prayer of the Day for THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 - Easter Thursday

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christs Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Verse of the Day - April 20, 2017 - Easter Thursday

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV) “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - A Permanent Reminder

"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself."
Luke 24:39 (NKJV)

What did the resurrected body of Jesus look like? The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ cruel torture, crucifixion, and three days in the tomb, He was recognizable, and that His followers knew who He was.

We know that He had a body of flesh and bone. Jesus told the disciples, “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).

We also know that Jesus ate food. Imagine the surprise of the disciples when the risen Lord appeared to them and then said, “Have you any food here?”

“What?” they must have been thinking. But they gave Jesus a piece of broiled fish and some honeycomb, and He ate it (see Luke 24:41–43).

His resurrected body also could be touched and felt. When the women were returning from the empty tomb, “Behold, Jesus met them, saying, 'Rejoice!' So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him” (Matthew 28:9).

Then, when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room, He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:27).

This tells us that in His resurrected body, Jesus still wore the marks of the Crucifixion. And He will wear those marks, even in eternity (see Zechariah 12:10).

I think this is to remind us of how we got to be His. We will not be in Heaven because of our good works. We will be there because of His shed blood, because spikes were driven through His hands and feet for us.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Dulce refugio

Entonces ustedes me invocarán, y vendrán a suplicarme, y yo los escucharé. Me buscarán y me encontrarán, cuando me busquen de todo corazón.
Jeremías 29:12-13, NVI

Cuando tenemos días felices en los que todo nos sale bien, es cuando menos pensamos que estamos refugiados en los brazos del Padre. Eso sucede porque casi siempre que las cosas están en orden, lo que menos buscamos es su compañía.

Muchas veces estamos tan organizados que pueden pasar días sin que oremos, sin que vayamos a la iglesia, solo porque todo está en orden.

Sin embargo, ¿qué tal si a este cuadro le agregamos la preocupación y los problemitas económicos que no faltan? Ahí es cuando empezamos a clamar por su ayuda.

Dios no solo debe ser nuestro refugio en la soledad, ni en los momentos de preocupación. Él quiere ser nuestro refugio en todo momento.

Debemos estar más cerca que nunca de Él cuando nos encontremos en medio de la celebración por el triunfo del éxito y las muchas bendiciones.

No seamos interesados en nuestra búsqueda de Dios.

Él es y será nuestro dulce refugio.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Stand firm then…with the breastplate of righteousness in place. Ephesians 6:14b, NIV

The soldier’s breastplate of the Roman times was to protect his vital organs. It was usually made of hardened slabs of leather or pounded bronze or a combination of both. The soldier’s rank and his country’s seal were affixed to it. It covered the soldier’s chest and stomach but not his back. So it was designed to face the enemy, not for retreat from the enemy.

Because we are waging a war against an invisible enemy, we must always be armed. Our breastplate is made not of heavy metal but is molded by the Spirit of the living God to fit us properly in our inner being. Our righteousness is not a metal front, but given by Christ to show to everyone in all our day-to-day relationships and circumstances.

Our enemy will point out your failures and shortcomings. He will try to convince you that you are unworthy to be a child of God. He is right. But your relationship with God is based on Jesus’ uprightness before God, not yours. Your sins have been wiped out. When God sees you, he sees Jesus. Stand tall before the enemy…in your breastplate of righteousness.

Mikail Khorev, a very effective evangelist in Russia, spent many years in prison for his continued public ministry. On one occasion his family was refused visiting rights and sent home. When the prison guard was taunting him about it, he replied:

“I would like to tell you that my God is fulfilling his plans through you and will use you for our blessing. I love my family very much and being together with them means a lot to me, but if it brings more honor to the Lord for us to part rather than be together, then why should I insist on seeing them? If his name is glorified more through my being in prison than through my being at liberty, then I tell you that there is no greater joy for me than to die on this prison bunk as a prisoner, as my father did and as many of my brothers in the faith have done.”

Mikhail is also quoted as saying, “I have to admit to you that prison is a very useful school for our education and for the testing of the genuineness of our faith...I’m grateful to the Lord for this school and for his leading.” 

RESPONSE: Today I put on the breastplate of righteousness…protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, may my breastplate of righteousness guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy in the face of trials.

NIV Devotions for Men - Productivity Without Passion

Revelation 2:1–7

Recommended Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Matthew 7:21–23; Luke 10:38–42; 1 Corinthians 13:1–13

Imagine a marriage in which the husband dutifully earns a living to pay his family’s bills, takes care of the house and cars and sees that his family has the clothing and other things they need. Yet he has lost all tenderness and passion for his wife. Is this a healthy marital relationship?

Productivity without passion. Just as the partners in a marriage can lose their passion for one another and yet carry on, a similar situation can occur in relationships between believers and God. In fact, the church of Ephesus had fallen into this very trap. Jesus noted that this church had “persevered and … endured hardships for my name” (Revelation 2:3). But, he pointedly added, “you have forsaken the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4).

What about you? When you compare your current relationship with Christ to what it was like when you first began following him, are you just as passionate about knowing him, being with him and worshiping him as you were then? Or do you find yourself busy serving him without bothering to further cultivate your relationship with him?

Sadly, like a marriage without passion, our relationship with God can go through a period during which spiritual passion wanes. We serve the Lord more out of habit or duty than out of a desire to know God more deeply.

Consider this possibility: God might occasionally want us to stop doing for him so that we can concentrate on being with him and recovering the love we had at first. Many dry marriages have been renewed. Dry relationships with the Lord can experience renewed passion and vigor as well. Put your relationship with Christ first, then let your service for him follow as a natural response.

To Take Away
  • What feelings did you have when you first followed Christ? What words expressed your passion about knowing him then?
  • How does that compare with your current feelings for Christ?
  • How can you rediscover your “first love” for your Lord and Savior—renew the passion and vigor of your relationship with him?

Girlfriends in God - Crushing Feelings of Worthlessness

by Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth

He drew me out of deep waters ... he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:16-19, NIV)

Friend to Friend

Debbie was a pastor’s wife who felt worthless for years. She was verbally abused and emotionally abandoned in her marriage from the very beginning. She had been a virgin when she met her husband, so she knew something was very wrong when, seven months into their marriage, her husband went out of state for a “business trip” and gave Debbie a severe pelvic inflammatory disease when he got home.

Her doctors explained that she had gotten a bacterial infection that can only be sexually contracted. Debbie was hospitalized for five days and placed on strong medications. The IV antibiotics she received unknowingly rendered her birth control pills ineffective, and a pregnancy with their first child resulted. So Debbie stayed in the marriage, though she was wronged and mistreated.

“I was convinced that I deserved all that I encountered,” Debbie said. “I also remember licking my wounds with thoughts like, Well, at least I’m the wife, not the cheating lover.”

The shame of it all kept Debbie silent and trapped in an unsafe marriage. Behind closed doors she endured verbal cruelty, and she believed the lies of her abuser. When her husband was in a good mood, things were good at home. But if he was in a foul mood, Debbie bore the brunt of his abuse and anger.

Unfortunately, she endured the abuse for a long time before she left. Three kids, twenty-plus years, many affairs, and many lies later, Debbie finally had enough. She mustered up every ounce of courage she could find to leave and divorce her cheating, abusive, pastor husband.

You can imagine the scandal that took place in their church. Because the congregation was unaware of their pastor’s abusive and immoral behavior, Debbie was victimized all over again in the court of public opinion. She bore the weight of public shame, humility, anger, accusations, rebellion from her children, and never-ending feelings of defeat and worthlessness.

The weight of it all was heavy. So heavy that it pushed her into a deep pit of depression.

Debbie lost most everything in the divorce—her house, her identity, her financial stability, her dignity, and almost her sanity. In the aftermath, she even lost the intimate relationship she once had with Jesus Christ. She was still His daughter, saved by grace, but had run away from Him. Broken and angry, Debbie felt that God had let her down. She didn’t understand how God—who is supposed to be good, who is supposed to hear our prayers, who is supposed to be our Protector and Defender—didn’t protect her from the betrayal and the abuse. So, like Hagar, she ran to a desert to get away. Only Debbie ran to a desert of sin.

To soothe her pain, she temporarily turned to alcohol. The numbness she experienced from drinking brought an all-too-short reprieve from the sharp pains that pierced her heart when she was sober. And though she strayed from the heart of God and rebelled against His ways, He pursued her relentlessly. When she finally realized that her “victim mentality” had allowed her to trust a lying abuser instead of the God of truth, she turned back to the Lord.

In His mercy, God has restored Debbie’s broken faith into a beautiful faith.

He has redeemed her wounded heart and has filled her with His greater joy.

And though, like all of us, she still experiences struggles and pain, by faith Debbie now embraces God’s sovereignty and accepts His healing love. She is a changed woman. Changed by the unrelenting pursuit of God’s unconditional love.

Changed by the One who sees her as precious.

For a long time Debbie thought she was worthless because she was treated as if she were. She was told that she was. She believed what she heard from another person, even though what he said about her were lies. Debbie says, “I thought that I was a failure—that I didn’t deserve to be loved with integrity, honesty, and faithfulness—that I caused my husband to sin and commit adultery because I wasn’t good enough. I believed a whole pack of lies.”

Other people can make us feel worthless. It happens all the time…even within the church. If you are in a relationship that beats you down and causes you to feel like dirt, in the name of Jesus reject the lies that are being projected on you. That’s not who He says you are!

If you are being mistreated or abused, tell a trusted friend, meet with your pastor, or get with a professional Christian counselor right away.

And in all cases pray—without ceasing.

No abuser has the right to define who you are, to tell you what you think, to control or manipulate you, to tell you how you feel, or to condemn you for who you are or aren’t. Only the God of heaven has the right to define you, and when you are in Christ, you are perfectly beautiful in His righteousness…not broken.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
(Psalm 18:16-19)
Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Thank You for loving me for who I am, where I am. Please help me to accept this truth when I doubt my value and to lean on Your strength and support when I struggle.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. What truths do these verses confirm about your value?

Who came to your mind as you read today’s devotion? She needs this message. Please pass it on to her.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion is an excerpt from Gwen’s book Broken Into Beautiful. Every step of healing begins with the heart of God. If you’d like to learn more about how your brokenness can be transformed into a picture of God’s beauty, get your copy today. To order the book go to Amazon or, for a signed copy, visit Gwen’s web store.

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LHM Daily Devotion - April 20, 2017 "Excuses"

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour


April 20, 2017

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  - 1 John 1:8-9

You've seen it; I've seen it: people who are driving their cars and trucks while they are texting.

We noted these drivers because there was something "off" in the way they handled their vehicles. Maybe they were driving too slow or too fast; maybe they were weaving from side to side; maybe they kept sitting at the stop light after the red light had turned green. There was always something which gave us a warning.

That was the way it was for the anonymous female caller who phoned two Texas counties to report a driver who continued to text even as his white pickup swerved from one side of the road to the other. The police dispatched cars to intercept the dangerous pickup, but it was too late. Even as the squad cars were on their way, they received another call that said the pickup had been in an accident. It was an accident which took the lives of 13 church people: 13 seniors aged 61 to 87.

Now, if we could ask the 20-year-old truck driver  why  he had done such a thing, he would probably, and most sincerely, say,he had never intended for such a tragic accident to happen;

• he didn't think what he had been doing was that bad;
• he had only taken his eyes off the road for a minute, and
• although he knew other people should never text and drive, he thought he could.

You know, I  imagine  if I could visit with Adam and Eve after the fall into sin, they probably would have come up with a similar list. I  know , over the years, many others have come up with a similar list after sin had brought tragedy into their lives and the lives of those around them.

I know I have used that fine-sounding list myself; maybe you have too.

Here's the problem: God isn't interested in our lists of excuses. He doesn't want to hear our justifications and explanations of why we have done wrong. The Lord wants two things from us. First, He wants us to come clean and confess our wrongdoing. Then, after He sees a repentant heart, He is able to offer forgiveness, which takes us to the second thing the Lord wants.

He wants us to rejoice in the forgiveness His Son won for us and all of humanity on the cross and at the empty tomb. Scripture is plain: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Please note what God is saying: He will forgive us when we  confess  our sins; not  make excuses  for them. It is my prayer this will be as comforting for the young man who was responsible for those 13 deaths as it is for me.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, without excuse or rationalization, I confess what I have done wrong. Now may I rejoice in the forgiveness Jesus has won for me. In His Name I pray. Amen

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CPTLN Devocional de 20 de Abril de 2017

Alimento Diario

Regalos buenos de verdad

20 de Abril 2017

Toda buena dádiva y todo don perfecto descienden de lo alto, del Padre de las luces, en quien no hay cambio ni sombra de variación.
Santiago 1:17, RVC

Santiago nos dice que Dios es quien nos da todo lo que es bueno y perfecto.

Lamentablemente, muchos esperan más de lo que esas palabras dicen. Tal es el caso de un matrimonio que depositó en su cuenta en el banco $1,772.50 pero, por error, el banco le acreditó $177,250.00.

El esposo dijo que no le quedaban dudas que ese error era "un regalo de Dios" y, naturalmente, todo regalo que Dios nos da es para ser apreciado y usado. Es por eso que, en vez de decirle al banco lo que había sucedido, sacaron el dinero, renunciaron a sus trabajos y se fueron a la Florida.

Fue allí que, al tratar de comprar una casa, las autoridades los descubrieron y pronto irán a juicio por robo y conspiración.

No sé cuán grandes pueden llegar a ser los regalos de Dios. Al leer la Biblia me sorprende ver la generosidad del Señor. Pero aún así, no creo que necesite manipular las cuentas bancarias para que sus hijos puedan robarles a los ricos para darles a los pobres.

Pero de una cosa sí estoy seguro: por la gracia de Dios y a través del sacrificio del Salvador, todos mis pecados han sido perdonados y se me ha prometido que nunca voy a estar solo en esta vida y que me espera una vida eterna en el cielo.

Nada de eso se puede conseguir en un banco.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, aun cuando nada merezco, a través de tu Hijo me has bendecido con innumerables regalos para esta vida y para la venidera. Enséñame a vivir en agradecimiento y con alegría por todo lo que has hecho por mí. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Letting Go

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go . . . to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

For our wedding anniversary, my husband borrowed a tandem bike so we could enjoy a romantic adventure together. As we began to pedal on our way, I quickly realized that as the rider on the back my vision of the road ahead was eclipsed by my husband’s broad shoulders. Also, my handlebars were fixed; they didn’t affect the steering of our bike. Only the front handlebars determined our direction; mine served merely as support for my upper body. I had the choice to either be frustrated by my lack of control or to embrace the journey and trust Mike would guide us safely on our route.

When God asked Abram to leave his homeland and family, He didn’t offer much information concerning the destination. No geographic coordinates. No description of the new land or its natural resources. Not even an indication of how long it would take to get there. God simply gave the instruction to “go” to the land He would show him. Abram’s obedience to God’s instruction, despite lacking the details most humans crave, is credited to him as faith (Heb. 11:8).

If we find ourselves grappling with uncertainty or a lack of control in our lives, let’s seek to adopt Abram’s example of following and trusting God. The Lord will steer us well.

Help me, Lord, to trust You with the uncertainty in my life.

What do you need to trust God with today? Share your prayer request at

God can be trusted to guide us.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Buông Bỏ
Đọc: Sáng Thế Ký 12:1-9 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 2 Sa-mu-ên 9-11; Lu-ca 15:11-32

Đức Giê-hô-va phán với Áp-ram: “Hãy ra khỏi… để đi đến vùng đất Ta sẽ chỉ cho con.” Sáng Thế Ký 12:1

Để kỷ niệm ngày cưới, chồng tôi mượn một chiếc xe đạp đôi để chúng tôi có một chuyến phiêu lưu lãng mạn cùng nhau. Khi bắt đầu đạp xe trên đường, vì ngồi phía sau, tôi nhanh chóng nhận ra rằng tầm nhìn của mình bị đôi vai rộng của chồng che khuất. Tay lái của tôi cũng cứng ngắc, không có tác dụng điều khiển chiếc xe. Chỉ mỗi tay lái phía trước mới quyết định hướng đi của chúng tôi, tay lái của tôi chỉ có chức năng giữ cho thân trên của tôi vững hơn. Tôi có thể chọn chán nản vì không được điều khiển xe hoặc vẫn vui vẻ với chuyến đi và tin tưởng chồng tôi sẽ lái an toàn.

Khi Chúa kêu gọi Áp-ram rời quê hương và bà con, Ngài không cho ông biết nhiều về nơi ông sẽ đến. Không tọa độ địa lý. Không có mô tả về miền đất mới hay tài nguyên thiên nhiên nơi đó. Cũng không biết mất bao lâu để tới đó. Chúa chỉ bảo ông “đi” đến xứ mà Ngài sẽ chỉ cho. Dù không biết những thông tin mà mọi người đều muốn biết, Áp-ram đã vâng theo sự chỉ dẫn của Chúa, và điều đó được kể là đức tin (Hê-bơ-rơ 11:8).

Nếu chúng ta đang vật lộn với những bấp bênh hoặc không thể kiểm soát cuộc sống mình, hãy học theo gương Áp-ram, bước theo Chúa và tin cậy Ngài. Chúa sẽ dẫn dắt chúng ta đến nơi an toàn.

Lạy Chúa, xin giúp con tin cậy Ngài trong những bấp bênh của cuộc sống.

Chúng ta có thể tin tưởng để Chúa hướng dẫn chúng ta.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Déjate guiar
Leer: Génesis 12:1-9 | La Biblia en un año: 2 Samuel 9–11; Lucas 15:11-32

… el Señor había dicho a Abram: Vete […] a la tierra que te mostraré (v. 1).

Para nuestro aniversario de bodas, mi esposo alquiló una bicicleta tándem para que disfrutáramos de una romántica aventura juntos. Al empezar a pedalear, pronto me di cuenta de que, como yo iba atrás, los amplios hombros de mi esposo eclipsaban mi visión del camino. Además, mi manubrio era fijo y no afectaba la dirección de la bicicleta. El manubrio frontal era el que determinaba nuestra dirección; el mío servía solo para apoyarme. Tenía la opción de sentirme frustrada por mi falta de control o disfrutar del paseo y confiar en que Mike nos guiaría a salvo por el camino.

Cuando Dios le pidió a Abram que dejara su tierra y su familia, no le dio demasiada información respecto al destino. Nada de coordenadas geográficas. Ninguna descripción de la nueva tierra o de sus recursos naturales. Ni siquiera una indicación del tiempo que llevaría llegar allí. Dios simplemente le dijo que fuera a la tierra que le mostraría. La obediencia de Abram a la instrucción divina, a pesar de la falta de detalles que la mayoría de los humanos anhela, se le atribuye como fe (Hebreos 11:8).

Si nos enfrentamos a la incertidumbre o la falta de control en nuestra vida, imitemos el ejemplo de Abram de confiar en Dios y seguirlo. Él nos guiará bien.

Señor, ayúdame a confiar en ti en los momentos inciertos de mi vida.

Podemos confiar en la guía de Dios.

Unser Täglich Brot - Loslassen
Lesen: 1.Mose 12,1-9 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Samuel 9–11; Lukas 15,11-32

Und der Herr sprach zu Abraham: Geh . . . in ein Land, das ich dir zeigen will. 1.Mose 12,1

Mein Mann hatte für unseren Hochzeitstag ein Tandem für eine romantische Unternehmung zu zweit ausgeliehen. Als wir lospedalten, merkte ich schnell, dass der Blick nach vorn auf die Straße für mich als Fahrerin auf dem hinteren Sitz durch die breiten Schultern meines Mannes doch sehr eingeschränkt war. Außerdem war meine Lenkstange starr, sie hatte keinen Einfluss. Nur der vordere Lenker bestimmte, wo es hinging; meiner diente nur als Stütze für meinen Oberkörper. Ich hatte die Wahl, ob ich deshalb frustriert sein oder mich einfach an der Fahrt freuen und darauf vertrauen wollte, dass Mike uns sicher ans Ziel bringen würde.

Als Gott Abraham aufforderte, seine Heimat und Familie zu verlassen, gab er ihm nicht viele Informationen über sein Ziel. Keine geografischen Angaben. Keine Beschreibung des neuen Landes oder seiner Beschaffenheit. Nicht einmal einen Hinweis darauf, wie lange die Reise dauern würde. Gott befahl einfach, in das Land „zu gehen“, das er ihm zeigen würde. Abrahams Gehorsam gegenüber Gottes Anweisung ohne die näheren Angaben, die der Mensch sich normalerweise wünscht, wurde ihm als Glauben angerechnet (Hebr. 11,8).

Wenn Ungewissheiten oder mangelnde Einflussmöglichkeiten in unserem Leben uns zu schaffen machen, wollen wir uns ein Beispiel an Abraham nehmen, der Gott vertraute und folgte. Der Herr wird uns sicher führen.

Hilf mir, Herr, dir in aller Ungewissheit zu vertrauen.

Gott ist ein guter Führer. Ihm können wir vertrauen.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Lâcher prise
Lisez : Genèse 12.1‑9 | La Bible en un an : 2 SAMUEL 9 – 11 et LUC 15.11‑32

L'Éternel dit à Abram : Va-t-en [...] dans le pays que je te montrerai. V.1

À l’occasion de notre anniversaire de mariage, mon mari a emprunté un tandem en vue d’une aventure romantique. Dès que nous nous sommes mis en route, je me suis rendu compte que mon mari me cachait la vue de ses larges épaules. De plus, mon guidon était fixe, ce qui m’empêchait de diriger le tandem. Seul le guidon de devant déterminait notre direction ; le mien ne servait qu’à soutenir la partie supérieure de mon corps. Or, devant mon manque de contrôle, j’avais le choix entre céder à la contrariété et jouir de notre randonnée en comptant sur Mike pour bien nous conduire.

En demandant à Abram de quitter famille et patrie, Dieu ne l’a guère renseigné sur sa destination : aucunes coordonnées géographiques ; aucune description du nouveau pays ni de ses ressources naturelles ; pas même la moindre indication quant à la durée du trajet pour s’y rendre. Dieu lui a donné pour toute directive d’aller dans le pays qu’il lui montrerait. C’est par la foi qu’Abram lui a obéi sans même connaître les détails que la plupart des êtres humains auraient éprouvé le besoin de connaître pour agir de la sorte (HÉ 11.8).

Si nous luttons contre l’incertitude ou que notre situation échappe à notre volonté, cherchons à adopter l’exemple d’Abram, qui a suivi Dieu et lui a fait confiance. Le Seigneur nous conduira bien.

Nous avons raison de confier à Dieu la direction de notre vie.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Цілковита довіра
Читати: Буття 12:1-9 | Біблія за рік: 2 Самуїлова 9−11 ; Луки 15:11-32

І промовив Господь до Аврама: Вийди зо своєї землі… до Краю, який Я тобі покажу. — Буття 12:1

На річницю нашого весілля мій чоловік позичив двомісний велосипед, щоб ми могли разом насолодитись романтичною подорожжю. Але як тільки ми почали крутити педалі, я зрозуміла, що через те, що я сиджу позаду широких плеч свого чоловіка, я майже не бачу дорогу попереду. А ще мій руль був закріплений нерухомо, і я не могла керувати велосипедом. Лише передній руль функціонував – мій же лише служив опорою для мене, щоб не втратити рівноваги. Отже, я мала вибір або сердитись через дуже обмежене контролювання велосипеда і обмежений кругозір, або довіритись Майку, розраховуючи на його гарні навички водія.

Коли Бог наказав Аврааму залишити свою родину й батьківщину, Він майже не дав йому інформації про місце призначення. Жодного описання нової землі, її природних ресурсів. Навіть невідома була довжина маршруту. Бог просто дав повеління: “вийди… до Краю, який Я тобі покажу”. Авраам виявив послух Богу, незважаючи на відсутність найбільш важливої інформації (такої бажаної для людей), і це було зараховано йому як прояв великої віри (Євр. 11:8).

Якщо ми опинились у ситуації невпевненості і втрати контролю над своїм життям, давайте наслідувати приклад Авраама в нашому слідуванні за Богом. Давайте довіряти Господу, і він чудово скерує наш шлях.

Допоможи мені, Господи, довіряти Тобі за часів непевності й невідомості.

Бог вартий того, щоб довірити Йому маршрут свого життя.

Хлеб наш насущный - Доверие
Читать сейчас: Бытие 12:1-9 | Библия за год: 2 Царств 9-11; Луки 15:11-32

И сказал Господь Авраму: «Пойди... в землю, которую Я укажу тебе». — Бытие 12:1

На годовщину свадьбы муж взял напрокат велосипед-тандем, чтобы устроить совместное романтическое путешествие. Когда мы тронулись, я со своего заднего места обнаружила, что вид спереди для меня закрыт широкими плечами мужа, а руль прочно зафиксирован, и управлять я не могу. Только передний руль определял направление, мой служил лишь опорой для рук. Выбор для меня оказался прост: либо горевать от возникших ограничений, либо довериться Майку и радоваться, что ответственность за направление и безопасность лежит не на мне.

Когда Бог велел Авраму оставить свой дом и родство, Он не сказал ничего существенного о месте назначения. Ни географических координат. Ни описания новой земли и ее природных богатств. Ни даже указаний, как долго продлится путешествие. Бог просто сказал патриарху идти туда, куда Он укажет. Послушание Аврама Богу вопреки недостатку подробностей, которые так хотят знать люди, стало подвигом веры (Евр. 11:8).

Если мы тоже столкнемся с неопределенностью или лишимся возможности управлять своей жизнью, последуем примеру Аврама в следовании и доверии Богу. Господь проведет и нас.

Помоги мне, Господь, доверять Тебе все неопределенности жизни.

Божьему руководству можно доверять.