Monday, September 14, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for MONDAY, September 14, 2020

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The Daily Readings
MONDAY, September 14, 2020
Psalm 77; Joshua 3:1-17; Hebrews 11:23-29
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today's Verse-of-the-Day: Philippians 2:1-2
The joyful unity of believers in Christ offers a powerful testimony to the world that the gospel of love we preach is real, unique, powerful, and welcoming to whomever will believe in the Lord Jesus. It is only through the gospel that people from every nation, race, language group, and socioeconomic level find forgiveness and peace and can join together in harmony (Rev. 7:9, 10).
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.


Today's Readings:
God’s way was in the sea

Read. This psalm is a lament full of honest questions (vv. 7–9) and despair over sleepless nights (vv. 2, 4). As you read it look for a question or a declaration that stirs something within you.

Meditate. In the midst of tragedy this psalm calls us to consider God’s unseen “footsteps” (v. 19). Think about how often the psalmist recalled God’s works and reflected on who God is and His care for His people.

Pray. Pray this psalm, following its flow. Ask God to reveal His unseen footprints—how He has been present with you in the tragedies and challenges that you and others have faced.

Contemplate. Give God praise for His mighty works and His presence in your life, even if you have trouble seeing His footprints.

77:1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.

2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


Israel crosses the Jordan

A prime objective for the divine intervention at the Jordan was validation of Joshua’s leadership. With a miraculous event so much like that of the Red Sea crossing, Joshua’s position as the Lord’s servant would have been shown to be comparable to that of Moses. The next generation of Israelites was about to experience their own passage through water, from a wandering collection of tribes in the wilderness into a nation in the promised land with a sense of permanence. This passage through water, led by Joshua, is the thematic background to John the Baptist. John led his followers through the same waters of the Jordan, from a life of sin into the kingdom of God.

3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;

3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.

6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

7 And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the Lord your God.

10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.

12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.

13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people;

15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,)

16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.


The faith of Moses

(v. 25) Moses was faced with a difficult challenge when he chose to obey God. The opulence of Egypt offered great pleasures. However, Moses learned that any sinful enjoyment quickly passes and leaves the sinner feeling more empty and unsatisfied than before. We also see the terrible afflictions Moses faced in remaining obedient to the Lord. However, Moses found that the reward for godliness always surpasses any pleasure in sin.

(v.26) Moses did not see Christ before he died—neither did Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Joshua, or David. Yet all of them chose God over the riches of this world. They trusted the Lord and welcomed His promises—including His assurance of salvation—“from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth”.

(v. 27) As He did with Moses, God sometimes stretches our faith by not allowing us to see how He will deliver us from certain difficulties. Rather, He may allow our vision to be filled with problems and obstacles so that our level of faith in Him is revealed. In such times, wait patiently and endure by being steadfast in your faith.

11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Readings for MONDAY, September 14, 2020
Psalm 77; Joshua 3:1-17; Hebrews 11:23-29 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for MONDAY, September 14, 2020


Prayer of the Day
MONDAY, September 14, 2020

This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the Lord. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Lord our God, we hope in you. One thing never leaves our hearts, your promise that you will be our God, our God in Jesus Christ. This stands firm, and we want to hold to it in trust and confidence. For your Word remains sure, and all your works lead toward a great and wonderful time when you will be glorified, when our hearts can at last become free because we know you. We can become free from all our own works, free from all trembling and hesitation, free from all suffering and distress, because we know that you, O God, are our Father. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, September 14, 2020

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Philippians 2:1-2
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Hide and Seek

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Hide and Seek

You have said, "Seek My face." My heart says to you, "Your face, LORD, do I seek." Hide not Your face from me. Turn not Your servant away in anger, O You who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!

It's probably more fun to hide than to seek in the childhood game of that name. When the call went out to choose the "seeker," players were quick to shout, "Not it!" The one who was "it" dutifully began counting while everyone else scrambled to find the best hiding places.

In our psalm, there is only One who hides, and many who seek. God commands, "Seek My face," and people the world over have been doing that since Adam and Eve were sent out of Eden. God does provide evidence of His existence, clues so that He might be found, as the apostle Paul writes, "His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made" (Romans 1:20a). God's presence and power should be obvious, for as Paul says, "He is actually not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:27b). Still, people choose to worship and serve "the creature rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:25b), and look for God in all the wrong places.

Many people choose to find false gods and worship created things, or to create their own personal religions. Yet God has said, "Seek My face." He wants to be found. God revealed Himself in creation, in mighty acts of power, and in His Word. He revealed Himself to the patriarchs and prophets. Yet there was more to be revealed. God Himself was coming to His people. "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2a). In Jesus Christ, "all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Colossians 1:19b). Hidden in human flesh in the Person of His Son, God stepped into the world as though to say, "Here I am! Seek My face!" God Himself was hidden and, by the Spirit's power revealed to eyes of faith, in a baby in a manger, in the suffering Victim on a cross, and in the risen and glorified Lord.

God's Word reveals where He is to be found. We stand at the foot of the cross and look up to see Jesus—God the Son—bearing the weight of our sin and shame, the guilt of our selfish search for gods of our own choosing. In the witness of the Word, we see the nail-scarred hands and feet of the risen Lord. In His Holy Supper, we receive Jesus' body and blood, given and shed for the forgiveness of our sins. For the sake of Jesus, God will never hide His face from us, or cast us off. The God of our salvation will not forsake us. We sought His face, but we did not find Him. He found us.

Lord and Savior, when we were lost in sin, You came to seek and find us. Keep us strong in faith until we finally see You face to face. Amen.

Dr. Carol Geisler

Reflection Questions:
1. What kinds of games did you like playing as a kid?

2. Does God hide His face from us today? If so, how?

3. Do you think about Jesus' death and resurrection very often? When are the times you're most likely to?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
It's probably more fun to hide than to seek in the childhood game of that name.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN

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LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Salim Manayer who heads a significant reconciliation ministry in Israel between Israeli believers and Palestinian believers tells this story in his newsletter of learning about true love for others in the body of Christ during a visit to Denmark:

I experienced something so beautiful. The love and acceptance of the Messiah through the lives of the people who took me around, opened up their homes, took me shopping, took care of me when I was sick, and took time out of their busy lives to drive me from one end of the country to the other. I was so moved by their kindness, their hospitality, their compassion, their honesty, and their love. Through long country drives, they shared and explained to me their reasoning for various traditions and teachings.

And who were these people? Well, if you want to get technical they were Lutherans. Lutherans who belong to the state church—many of them pastors. Yes, we are different—I am an Israeli believer who does not hold to these traditions, but we are called to love each other in spite of our differences. Put all of these labels aside, these amazing people were my brothers and sisters, they are my family because we belong to the family of God and they embraced me as their family.

I was moved as I sat around the kitchen table drinking coffee after confirmation class with one pastor and while eating apple crisp on Rosh Hashanah with another pastor, attentively listening to them as they shared their passion to see the lost people in their communities and parishes find God and believe in him. It left an impression on my heart and encouraged and inspired me to reach the people in my own community.

Sometimes stereotypes and prejudices are there in the back of your head and you don’t realize it until God places those same people you held stereotypes about in your face and they begin to show you the love God requires of his children…

Maybe I was sent to Denmark to impress upon, encourage, challenge, and impart to the Danish believers to become reconcilers in their local communities; to bless them and show them that it is possible to break down the walls of bitterness and hatred, demolish their stereotypes and prejudices and to love their brothers and sisters. And yet, that is exactly what they taught me.

RESPONSE: I commit this day to show true love to my brothers and sisters breaking down prejudices.

PRAYER: Lord, I need Your help today to follow Your command to love all my brothers and sisters.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Salim Manayer who heads a significant reconciliation ministry in Israel between Israeli believers and Palestinian believers tells this story in his newsletter of learning about true love for others in the body of Christ during a visit to Denmark:

Women of the Bible — Anna

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Anna

Her name means: "Favor" or "Grace"

Her character: Married for only seven years, she spent the long years of her widowhood fasting and praying in the temple, abandoning herself entirely to God. A prophetess, she was one of the first to bear witness to Jesus.
Her sorrow: As a widow, she would probably have been among the most vulnerable members of society, with no one to provide for her financially or to take care of her if her health failed.
Her joy: That her own eyes beheld the Messiah she had longed to see.
Key Scriptures: Luke 2:22-38

Her Story

A small bird darted past the Court of the Gentiles, flew up to the Women's Court, and then on to the Court of Israel (one of the inner courts of the temple, accessible only to Jewish men). Anna blinked as she watched the beating wings swerve into the sunlight and vanish. She wondered into which privileged corner of the temple the little bird had disappeared.

For most of her eighty-four years, she had been a widow who spent her days praying and fasting in the temple. Though Anna had walked past the outer court thousands of times, she never failed to notice the warning inscribed in its walls in both Greek and Latin: "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade around the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue." It was an awesome thing to come into the presence of the Holy One.

Though she could not echo the prayer of Jewish men, who praised God for creating them neither Gentiles nor women, she could at least be grateful for the privilege of ascending beyond the Court of the Gentiles to the Women's Court, where she would be that much closer to the Most Holy Place. Having done so, she bowed her head, rocking back and forth to the rhythm of her prayers (Psalm 84:1-3).

Suddenly a voice interrupted her recitation of the familiar psalm. Old Simeon, she saw, was holding a baby to his breast, pronouncing words that thrilled her soul: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."

Like her, Simeon had lived for nothing but Israel's consolation. Though he had not seen, yet he had believed. Anna watched as the child's parents hung on the old man's words. Then he handed the infant back to his mother, this time speaking more softly: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

Anna placed her arms gently around the young mother's shoulders and gazed at the sleeping infant. Words of thanksgiving spilled from her lips. Her heart felt buoyant, her hope unsinkable. More vividly than Jacob, who had dreamed of a ladder full of angels, or Moses, who had beheld a bush burning in the desert, she, Anna, a widow and prophetess from the tribe of Asher, had experienced the very presence of God. Her eyes had seen the promised child, whose brilliance would scatter the darkness and bring deliverance for all God's people.

Now she too felt like a sparrow soaring freely in the house of God. It no longer mattered that she was forbidden entry into the innermost courts of the temple. God himself was breaking down the dividing walls between Jew and Gentile, male and female, revealing himself to all who hungered for his presence. That day a child had transformed the Women's Court into the holiest place of all.

Scripture doesn't tell us whether Anna ever actually wished she were allowed to enter the innermost courts of the temple in Jerusalem. But her longing for God is obvious. Clearly, she was a woman with a great spiritual appetite, who abandoned her life to God and was rewarded by meeting Jesus and his parents just forty days after his birth, during the presentation in the temple.

Her Promise

Anna's life revolved around prayer and fasting in the temple. She evidently had no family, no home, no job. Instead, God was her family, the temple her home, and prayer her occupation. Though you may not have the freedom to spend every moment in prayer, as she did, you can be sure the time you do spend is never wasted. If you long to see your Savior, to experience his presence in your life, let Anna's devotion encourage you.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
A small bird darted past the Court of the Gentiles, flew up to the Women's Court, and then on to the Court of Israel (one of the inner courts of the temple, accessible only to Jewish men). Anna blinked as she watched the beating wings swerve into the sunlight and vanish. She wondered into which privileged corner of the temple the little bird had disappeared.…

John Piper Devotional — God Shall Supply All Your Needs

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God Shall Supply All Your Needs

My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

In Philippians 4:6, Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” And then in Philippians 4:19 (just 13 verses later), he gives the liberating promise of future grace, just as Jesus did: “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

If we live by faith in this promise of future grace, it will be very hard for anxiety to survive. God’s “riches in glory” are inexhaustible. He really means for us not to worry about our future.

We should follow the pattern of Jesus and Paul. We should battle the unbelief of anxiety with the promises of future grace.

When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, I battle unbelief with one of my most often-used promises, Isaiah 41:10. The day I left for three years in Germany my father called me long distance and gave me this promise on the telephone. For three years I must have quoted it to myself five hundred times to get me through periods of tremendous stress. “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you, with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, RSV).

When the motor of my mind is in neutral, the hum of the gears is the sound of Isaiah 41:10.
If we live by faith in this promise of future grace, it will be very hard for anxiety to survive.

Un dia a la Vez — ¿Por qué servir?

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¿Por qué servir?

Servid a Jehová con alegría; Venid ante su presencia con regocijo.
Salmo 100:2, RV-60

El servicio es un privilegio. Es algo que podemos hacer y nos deja muchas satisfacciones. Es una manera muy especial de representar el corazón de Dios. En otros devocionales recordamos que el mejor ejemplo de servicio lo dejó Jesús cuando estuvo en la tierra sirviendo a los demás. Incluso les lavó los pies a sus discípulos. La Palabra dice que «hay más dicha en dar que en recibir» (Hechos 20:35).

Muchas personas se comunican conmigo para decirme que quieren servir a Dios, pero no saben cómo hacerlo ni en qué hacerlo. Lo importante es que tengas el deseo. No necesariamente tienes que servir en la iglesia. Puedes hacerlo en las cárceles, los hospitales, las casas de refugio para mujeres maltratadas, hogares de adopción, centros de rehabilitación de adicciones, etc. En realidad, la mies es mucha y los obreros son pocos.

El gran problema es que muchos no sirven porque no quieren compromisos. Creen que por servir tienen que dejar de hacer sus cosas o limitarse, pero no se imaginan que Dios restituye, premia y nos da todo lo que deseamos.

He escuchado en diferentes ocasiones esta frase: «El que no sirve, no sirve». Aunque no somos salvos por obras, «la fe sin obras está muerta» (Santiago 2:26). Tu salvación es posible cuando recibes a Jesús como tu Salvador, pero la fe se manifiesta con la acción.

Pídele a Dios que te muestre cuál es tu mejor campo de servicio y empieza a desarrollarlo.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
El servicio es un privilegio. Es algo que podemos hacer y nos deja muchas satisfacciones.

Devocional CPTLN — Jugando a las escondidas


Jugando a las escondidas

Cuando dijiste: «Busquen Mi rostro», mi corazón te respondió: «Tu rostro, Señor, buscaré». No escondas Tu rostro de mí; No rechaces con ira a Tu siervo; Tú has sido mi ayuda. No me abandones ni me desampares, Oh Dios de mi salvación.

Cuando se juega a las escondidas, por lo general es más divertido esconderse que buscar a quienes están escondidos.

En nuestro salmo, solo hay Uno que se esconde y muchos que buscan. Dios dice: "Busquen mi rostro", y las personas de todo el mundo han estado haciendo eso desde que Adán y Eva fueron expulsados del Edén. Dios nos da pistas de su existencia para que lo podamos encontrar, como escribe el apóstol Pablo, "Sus atributos invisibles, Su eterno poder y divinidad, se han visto con toda claridad, siendo entendidos por medio de lo creado, de manera que ellos no tienen excusa" (Romanos 1:20). La presencia y el poder de Dios deben ser obvios, porque como dice Pablo, "Él no está lejos de ninguno de nosotros" (Hechos 17:27b). Sin embargo, elegimos adorar y servir "a la criatura en lugar del Creador" (Romanos 1:25b), buscando a Dios en los lugares equivocados.

Muchos eligen encontrar dioses falsos y adorar cosas creadas. Pero Dios ha dicho: "Busquen mi rostro", porque quiere que lo encuentren. Dios se reveló en la creación, en sus poderosos actos y en su Palabra. También se reveló a los patriarcas y profetas. Sin embargo, había más por revelar: Dios mismo vino a su pueblo. "Dios, habiendo hablado hace mucho tiempo, en muchas ocasiones y de muchas maneras a los padres por los profetas, en estos últimos días nos ha hablado por Su Hijo" (Hebreos 1:1-2a). Quiso el Padre que en Jesucristo "habitara toda la plenitud" (Colosenses 1:19b). Escondido en carne humana en la persona de Su Hijo, Dios entró en el mundo como si dijera: "¡Aquí estoy! ¡Busca mi rostro! Dios mismo estaba escondido y por el poder del Espíritu revelado a los ojos de la fe, en un bebé en un pesebre, en la víctima sufriente en la cruz y en el Señor resucitado y glorificado.

La Palabra de Dios revela dónde se encuentra. Al pie de la cruz vemos a Jesús —Dios el Hijo— cargando el peso de nuestro pecado y vergüenza, la culpa de nuestra búsqueda egoísta de dioses de nuestra propia elección. En el testimonio de la Palabra vemos las cicatrices de los clavos en las manos y los pies del Señor resucitado. En su Santa Cena recibimos el cuerpo y la sangre de Jesús, dados y derramados para el perdón de nuestros pecados. Por el amor de Jesús, Dios nunca esconderá Su rostro de nosotros ni nos desechará. El Dios de nuestra salvación no nos abandonará. Buscamos su rostro y no lo encontramos. Pero Él sí nos encontró.

ORACIÓN: Señor y Salvador, cuando estábamos perdidos en el pecado tú viniste a buscarnos y encontrarnos. Mantennos fuertes en la fe hasta que finalmente te veamos cara a cara. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Crees que Dios esconde hoy su rostro de nosotros? ¿De qué manera?

* ¿En qué momentos piensas en la muerte y resurrección de Jesús?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
En nuestro salmo, solo hay Uno que se esconde y muchos que buscan.

Notre Pain Quotidien — Aurevoirs et bonjours

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Aurevoirs et bonjours

Lisez : Apocalypse 21.1-5
La Bible en un an : Proverbes 22 – 24 ; 2 Corinthiens 8

[Ils] seront son peuple, et Dieu lui-même sera avec eux. Il essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux.

Lorsque David, mon frère, est mort soudainement d’une insuffisance cardiaque, ma perception de la vie a drastiquement changé. David était le quatrième de sept enfants, mais il a été le premier d’entre nous à décéder – et la nature inattendue de son décès m’a laissé très perplexe. Il m’est apparu qu’à mesure que nous prenions de l’âge, l’avenir de notre famille allait se ponctuer plus de pertes que de gains. Que nous aurions autant d’aurevoirs que de bonjours.

Rien de tout cela n’était surprenant sur le plan intellectuel, car la vie est ainsi faite. Il reste que cette prise de conscience s’est révélée être un éclair émotionnel pour le cerveau. Elle a donné un tout nouveau sens à chaque moment et à chaque opportunité de ma vie. Et elle a fourni une valeur nouvelle et immense à la réalité de futures retrouvailles, où les aurevoirs n’auront plus leur raison d’être.

Or, cette réalité ultime réside au cœur d’un passage biblique : « Il habitera avec eux, et ils seront son peuple, et Dieu lui-même sera avec eux. Il essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux, et la mort ne sera plus ; il n’y aura plus ni deuil, ni cri, ni douleur, car les premières choses ont disparu » (AP 21.3,4).

Bien que nous puissions actuellement traverser une période de longs aurevoirs, notre foi en la mort et la résurrection de Christ nous promet une éternité de bonjours.
Père, je te prie de te servir de notre espoir éternel pour nous consoler durant nos deuils.
Lorsque nous traversons une période pénible, Dieu marche avec nous et nous réconforte.


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Lorsque David, mon frère, est mort soudainement d’une insuffisance cardiaque, ma perception de la vie a drastiquement changé.