Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Daily Readings for SUNDAY, November 15, 2020 — 24th Sunday After Pentecost


The Daily Readings
SUNDAY, November 15, 2020 — 24th Sunday After Pentecost

The Time of Richness
Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

We were alone. Consumed by hopelessness. Lost in our brokenness. Longing for a Savior. But God loved us with an unstoppable love. An unending passion and an unbreakable grace. This love cost Him his Son; Jesus. For born this day, in the City of David is a Savior; Christ The Lord. Our Messiah has come…Mercy is here.

Opening Prayer
O Lord, we gratefully acknowledge the gifts you have given to each of us for service in your world. Gifts of teaching, healing, inspiring, challenging and creating are all among the myriad of things you have placed in our lives. Direct our lives to use these gifts as we reach out to our neighborhood and nation, witnessing to your love and your healing mercy. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Lord of mercy and justice, you have given us so many talents and gifts to be used in your world. You have given us these gifts because you trust us to use them well — and you will be with us in all our work. But we disappoint you when we denigrate the value of the talents or become so fearful of failure that we don’t believe that we are capable of helping in this world. Lord, forgive us. Help us to trust in the gifts you have given to us and to trust in your guidance in using them. Forgive us when we are fearful, stubborn, apathetic, indifferent to the needs around us. Give us hearts for serving you all our days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Rejoice and celebrate! God has placed God’s trust and love deep within your hearts. You have been called and trusted to serve God. Alleluia! Amen.
First Reading
Judges 4:1-7

The judgeship of Deborah
4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead.

2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.

3 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

5 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?

7 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.

Verses 1-3 — The land had rest for eighty years, which should have confirmed them in their religion; but it made them secure, and indulge their lusts. Thus the prosperity of fools destroys them. Jabin and his general Sisera, mightily oppressed Israel. This enemy was nearer than any of the former. Israel cried unto the Lord, when distress drove them to him, and they saw no other way of relief. Those who slight God in prosperity, will find themselves under a necessity of seeking him in trouble.

Verses 4-7 — Deborah was a prophetess; one instructed in Divine knowledge by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. She judged Israel as God's mouth to them; correcting abuses, and redressing grievances. By God's direction, she ordered Barak to raise an army, and engage Jabin's forces. Barak insisted much upon her presence. Deborah promised to go with him. She would not send him where she would not go herself. Those who in God's name call others to their duty, should be ready to assist them in it.

Psalm 123
Our eyes look to God
1 Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

Our Lord Jesus has taught us to look unto God in prayer as our Father in heaven. In every prayer a good man lifts up his soul to God; especially when in trouble. We desire mercy from him; we hope he will show us mercy, and we will continue waiting on him till it come. The eyes of a servant are to his master's directing hand, expecting that he will appoint him his work. And also to his supplying hand. Servants look to their master or their mistress for their portion of meat in due season. And to God we must look for daily bread, for grace sufficient; from him we must receive it thankfully. Where can we look for help but to our Master? And, further, to his protecting hand. If the servant is wronged and injured in his work, who should right him, but his master? And to his correcting hand. Whither should sinners turn but to him that smote them? They humble themselves under God's mighty hand. And lastly, to his rewarding hand. Hypocrites look to the world's hand, thence they have their reward; but true Christians look to God as their Master and their Rewarder. God's people find little mercy with men; but this is their comfort, that with the Lord there is mercy. Scorning and contempt have been, are, and are likely to be, the lot of God's people in this world. It is hard to bear; but the servants of God should not complain if they are treated as his beloved Son was. Let us then, when ready to faint under trials, look unto Jesus, and by faith and prayer cast ourselves upon the mercy of God.

Second Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Be alert for the day of the Lord
5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Verses 1-5 — It is needless or useless to ask about the particular time of Christ's coming. Christ did not reveal this to the apostles. There are times and seasons for us to work in, and these are our duty and interest to know and observe; but as to the time when we must give up our account, we know it not, nor is it needful that we should. The coming of Christ will be a great surprise to men. Our Lord himself said so. As the hour of death is the same to each person that the judgment will be to mankind in general, so the same remarks answer for both. Christ's coming will be terrible to the ungodly. Their destruction will overtake them while they dream of happiness, and please themselves with vain amusements. There will be no means to escape the terror or the punishment of that day. This day will be a happy day to the righteous. They are not in darkness; they are the children of the light. It is the happy condition of all true Christians. But how many are speaking peace and safety to themselves, over whose heads utter destruction is hovering! Let us endeavour to awaken ourselves and each other, and guard against our spiritual enemies.

Verses 6-11 — Most of mankind do not consider the things of another world at all, because they are asleep; or they do not consider them aright, because they sleep and dream. Our moderation as to all earthly things should be known to all men. Shall Christians, who have the light of the blessed gospel shining in their faces, be careless about their souls, and unmindful of another world? We need the spiritual armour, or the three Christian graces, faith, love, and hope. Faith; if we believe that the eye of God is always upon us, that there is another world to prepare for, we shall see reason to watch and be sober. True and fervent love to God, and the things of God, will keep us watchful and sober. If we have hope of salvation, let us take heed of any thing that would shake our trust in the Lord. We have ground on which to build unshaken hope, when we consider, that salvation is by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, to atone for our sins and to ransom our souls. We should join in prayer and praise one with another. We should set a good example one before another, and this is the best means to answer the end of society. Thus we shall learn how to live to Him, with whom we hope to live for ever.

The Gospel
Matthew 25:14-30

Slaves entrusted with talents

25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Christ keeps no servants to be idle: they have received their all from him, and have nothing they can call their own but sin. Our receiving from Christ is in order to our working for him. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. The day of account comes at last. We must all be reckoned with as to what good we have got to our own souls, and have done to others, by the advantages we have enjoyed. It is not meant that the improving of natural powers can entitle a man to Divine grace. It is the real Christian's liberty and privilege to be employed as his Redeemer's servant, in promoting his glory, and the good of his people: the love of Christ constrains him to live no longer to himself, but to Him that died for him, and rose again. Those who think it impossible to please God, and in vain to serve him, will do nothing to purpose in religion. They complain that He requires of them more than they are capable of, and punishes them for what they cannot help. Whatever they may pretend, the fact is, they dislike the character and work of the Lord. The slothful servant is sentenced to be deprived of his talent. This may be applied to the blessings of this life; but rather to the means of grace. Those who know not the day of their visitation, shall have the things that belong to their peace hid from their eyes. His doom is, to be cast into outer darkness. It is a usual way of expressing the miseries of the damned in hell. Here, as in what was said to the faithful servants, our Saviour goes out of the parable into the thing intended by it, and this serves as a key to the whole. Let us not envy sinners, or covet any of their perishing possessions.

Here end the Readings

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, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and 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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy Communion

A nondenominational serving of bread and wine
Many churches around the world are working hard to adapt to online worship, and one challenge is how our members can celebrate communion from home. Though no video can truly replace the experience of celebrating together in our places of worship, we know that where two or more are gathered, the Lord is present.

Go forth into God’s world as children of the light, offering ministries of hope and healing to a hurting world. Go forth filled with God’s abundant love. Go forth in peace. Amen.

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

Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

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.
The Daily Readings
SUNDAY, November 15, 2020 — 24th Sunday After Pentecost
The Time of Richness
Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for SUNDAY, November 15, 2020


Prayer of the Day
SUNDAY, November 15, 2020

The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.
Psalm 67:6–7 (NIV)

Lord our God, bless us, that the world may be blest. Help us, that the whole world may be helped. Grant us your mercy in Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for the whole world. May it soon be revealed that your kingdom stands and will bring our age to an end, a good and blessed end. Grant your blessing on every aspect of our lives, on all the concerns and requests we have on our hearts, and help us to praise and thank you every day. Let your will become known everywhere in spite of the horror and blasphemy, so that even the dying may glorify you and all who have to suffer may praise and thank you because they see your face and recognize your light. We want to entrust everything to you, Lord God. We await you. We rejoice and thank you, for we know your will shall be done. We know and believe that your name shall be glorified. Amen.

Verse of the Day SUNDAY, November 15, 2020


Psalm 119:143
Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

The Lord gave Joshua the same command He issued to future Israelite kings in Deuteronomy 17:19—he was to meditate on the Word of God every day. He instructs us to do so as well. Meditation means that we study the Bible, think about what we’ve read, and ask the Lord to help us understand His principles and apply them to our lives. This is absolutely essential if you want to know God and do His will.

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Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — What Is the World to Me


What Is the World to Me

♫♪ "The world seeks after wealth, And all that mammon offers. Yet never is content, Though gold should fill its coffers. I have a higher good, Content with it I'll be: My Jesus is my wealth, What is the world to me!

"What is the world to me! My Jesus is my treasure, My life, my health, my wealth, My friend, my love, my pleasure, My joy, my crown, my all, My bliss eternally. Once more, then, I declare: What is the world to me!" ♪♫
"The world seeks after wealth." We readily recognize the truth of that statement. In a consumer-driven culture, many people seek more of just about everything and are never fully satisfied with what they have. In repentant humility, we must admit that we too would like to have greater wealth and more material possessions. God's Word confronts us concerning such desires: "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?" (Isaiah 55:2a) God calls us back to Himself and to the delightful hearing of His Word: "Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to Me; hear, that your soul may live" (Isaiah 55:2b-3a). We have a greater wealth in our Lord, finding in Him contentment that the ceaselessly striving world does not know.

Content with a higher good, we ask, "What is the world to me?" Jesus said of His followers, "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world" (John 17:16). God has called us to be caretakers of His creation, to use its resources for our good and the good of our neighbor. It is true that the world's pleasures tempt us, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we reject the false joys of such temptations. We live in the world that God has given to us, but we do not love it above all else. By faith we have a higher good and a greater joy.

Jesus is our treasure. With breathless delight, our hymn describes Him as our life, health, wealth, friend, love, pleasure, joy, crown, all—and eternal bliss. The world offers many of these same gifts, but the world's treasures do not last because, as the apostle Paul writes, "the present form of this world is passing away" (1 Corinthians 7:31b). The world's powers, for a time, silenced the Savior as He suffered death for the sake of our salvation. Rising in triumph over sin, death, and the devil, our Lord has overcome the world. It may be, from an earthly perspective, that we will not always have health or wealth or treasure, but we have Jesus. His love for us will never pass away, and He is our wealth, our treasure, our joy, and our crown of life. What is the world to me? We answer with the psalmist's prayer of praise to our Lord "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You" (Psalm 73:25).

Jesus, You are my treasure. You are everything to me! Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. It is based on the hymn, "What Is the World to Me."

Reflection Questions:
1. How big a factor was making a lot of money when you first entered the workforce?

2. How can great wealth or deep poverty be a stumbling block in one's relationship with God?

3. How do you keep God front and center in good and bad financial times?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
"The world seeks after wealth." We readily recognize the truth of that statement.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — PAYING THE PRICE


Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Martha was a young Chinese Christian engaged to be married but decided to postpone her marriage for two years to answer the call of God to deliver Bibles where they were urgently needed in her country. David Wang shares her story:

I recall meeting her once in the city of Xian. We had arranged to meet at 9 p.m., but she did not turn up until about 1 a.m. She was delayed because she had been delivering Bibles in a nearby village. But the local commune leaders discovered what she was doing. They beat her up, robbed her, and threw her on a deserted road. It was a miracle that she was able to make it to our appointment.

I noticed something was wrong with Martha. She was thin as a wire, and her face was bloated. I asked, "What is the matter with you? Did they beat you up?"

"Oh, no," she said, "I've had this problem for some time now." Then she rolled up her pants to show me legs covered with stings and mosquito bites. As she traveled in the remote countryside of China, she often had to sleep in deserted huts or even out in the fields. She was literally eaten up by bugs and mosquitoes.

"Tomorrow, we must go to a doctor," I urged her.

"No, no," she said, "I have to catch an early train tomorrow to go to Inner Mongolia. Where are the Bibles?" Her only concern was to get Bibles delivered!

In August 1983, Martha disappeared - as though she had just vanished into thin air. That was during China's 'Anti-Crime Campaign' when many people were arrested and executed throughout China. We became concerned for Martha.

Later we got a letter from her through her friends. It was not really a letter—just a little piece of paper. She had been arrested and charged for distributing "superstitious materials" in the People's Republic of China.

The little note read: "I don't know what the penalty will be, but please pray for me." She quoted Paul's words in Ephesians 6:19-20. A few weeks later, we received word that twenty-four-year-old Martha had been executed. She paid the price.

RESPONSE: Today, I will pay the price in serving Jesus in my area regardless of the risks.

PRAYER: Lord, Martha's story humbles me. Help me love and serve You as much as she did.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Martha was a young Chinese Christian engaged to be married but decided to postpone her marriage for two years to answer the call of God to deliver Bibles where they were urgently needed in her country. David Wang shares her story:

John Piper Devotional — Fighting Words

Fighting Words

“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 righteous right hand.”

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.

When the motor of my mind is in neutral, the hum of the gears is the sound of Isaiah 41:10.

When I am anxious about my ministry being useless and empty, I fight unbelief with the promise of Isaiah 55:11. “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

When I am anxious about being too weak to do my work, I battle unbelief with the promise of Christ, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

When I am anxious about decisions I have to make about the future, I battle unbelief with the promise, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

When I am anxious about facing opponents, I battle unbelief with the promise, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

When I am anxious about the welfare of those I love, I battle unbelief with the promise that if I, being evil, know how to give good things to my children, how much more will the “Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)?

When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, I battle unbelief with one of my most often-used promises:

Un dia a la Vez — Los cambios

Los cambios

Encomienda al Señor tus afanes, y él te sostendrá; no permitirá que el justo caiga y quede abatido para siempre.

Los cambios han sido trascendentales en mi vida. Desde la llegada de Colombia a Estados Unidos, he tenido unos diecisiete cambios de domicilio, incluyendo un cambio de estado y mi más reciente cambio de casa que sucedió justo mientras escribía este libro. Le di gracias a Dios porque de cada situación que vivo, Él me da una enseñanza.

Si te pones a pensar y echas atrás la película de tu vida, te acordarás de diversos cambios que han marcado tu vida para siempre.

Algo que me gusta mucho de mi Dios es que utiliza cada cambio para enseñarnos que Él tiene mejores cosas para nosotros. Si cometemos errores, Él está dispuesto a sanarnos y darnos una oportunidad.

Si no fuera por la intervención divina, no sé qué hubiera sido de mis princesas y de mí después de sufrir tantos golpes en la vida.

Hoy en día puedo dar testimonio de que las cosas malas que nos suceden Dios las cambia para bien. Solo Él puede cambiar nuestro lamento en baile.

Si estás pasando por cambios en tu vida, por más difíciles que sean tus problemas, no te desesperes, ni te angusties porque no estás solo. Dios no te abandonará y te bendecirá.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Los cambios han sido trascendentales en mi vida. Desde la llegada de Colombia a Estados Unidos, he tenido unos diecisiete cambios de domicilio, incluyendo un cambio de estado y mi más reciente cambio de casa que sucedió justo mientras escribía este libro. Le di gracias a Dios porque de cada situación que vivo, Él me da una enseñanza.

Unser Täglich Brot — Kein Hindernis zu groß


Kein Hindernis zu groß

Lesung: Hebräer 11,1-6.13-16 | Die Bibel in einem Jahr: Hesekiel 1-2; Hebräer 11,1-19

Der Glaube . . . ist das Vertrauen darauf, dass das, was wir hoffen, sich erfüllen wird, und die Überzeugung, dass das, was man nicht sieht, existiert.

Wir hatten mit den Schülern einen Ausflug zu einem Hindernisparcours organisiert. Dort sollten sie unter anderem eine zwei Meter hohe Wand hinaufklettern. Die ersten machten denen nach ihnen Mut, den Sicherheitsgurten zu vertrauen und nicht nach unten zu schauen. Ein Mädchen war dennoch völlig verängstigt und klagte: „Das schaffe ich nie.“ Wir versicherten ihr, dass die Gurte stark genug waren, um sie zu halten, und klatschten, als sie die Wand hinaufkletterte und oben auf die Plattform trat.

Wenn wir vor scheinbar unüberwindlichen Problemen stehen, kommen oft Angst und Unsicherheit und Zweifel. Die Gewissheit, dass Gottes Kraft, Güte und Treue unwandelbar sind, kann dann wie ein starker Gurt sein, der uns hält. Sie hat auch die Heiligen des Alten Testaments ermutigt. Ihr Glaube war so stark, dass sie nicht jedes Detail aus Gottes Plan kennen mussten (Hebräer 11,1-13.39). Wir stehen oft allein, wenn wir Gott ernsthaft suchen. Aber wir können lernen, die Herausforderungen des Lebens in einem anderen Licht zu sehen – im Licht der Ewigkeit – und im Wissen, dass die Anfechtungen nur zeitlich sind (V. 13-16).

Wenn wir nur die schlechte Straße und den steilen Aufstieg sehen, fällt es uns schwer zu glauben, dass Gott uns durchhelfen wird. Aber wenn wir wissen, dass er bei uns ist, können wir uns im Glauben wappnen und darauf vertrauen, dass er jedes Hindernis überwinden kann.
Wie kannst du angesichts einer unmöglichen Aufgabe mutiger werden? Wie fühlst du dich, wenn du etwas geschafft hast, was du dir nie zugetraut hättest?
Vater, hab Dank, dass du der Urheber und Vollender unseres Glaubens bist und unser Glaube angesichts von Hindernissen von deiner Kraft abhängt und nicht von unserer.

Von Xochitl Dixon

© 2020 Unser Täglich Brot
Wir hatten mit den Schülern einen Ausflug zu einem Hindernisparcours organisiert. Dort sollten sie unter anderem eine zwei Meter hohe Wand hinaufklettern.