Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, November 28, 2020

 

The Daily Readings
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Micah 2:1-13; Matthew 24:15-31
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified and taught, that strangers to him may be led to adore him. Let us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God's name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from day to day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ. We have reason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. In the midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for the servants of God in distress.

Today’s Readings:
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
We shall be saved
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Commentary

Verses 1-7 — He that dwelleth upon the mercy-seat, is the good Shepherd of his people. But we can neither expect the comfort of his love, nor the protection of his arm, unless we partake of his converting grace. If he is really angry at the prayers of his people, it is because, although they pray, their ends are not right, or there is some secret sin indulged in them, or he will try their patience and perseverance in prayer. When God is displeased with his people, we must expect to see them in tears, and their enemies in triumph. There is no salvation but from God's favour; there is no conversion to God but by his own grace.

Verses 17-19 — The Messiah, the Protector and Saviour of the church, is the Man of God's right hand; he is the Arm of the Lord, for all power is given to him. In him is our strength, by which we are enabled to persevere to the end. The vine, therefore, cannot be ruined, nor can any fruitful branch perish; but the unfruitful will be cut off and cast into the fire. The end of our redemption is, that we should serve Him who hath redeemed us, and not go back to our old sins.


Micah 2:1-13
God will gather all

2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

3 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord.

6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.

10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.
Commentary
 
Woe to the people that devise evil during the night, and rise early to carry it into execution! It is bad to do mischief on a sudden thought, much worse to do it with design and forethought. It is of great moment to improve and employ hours of retirement and solitude in a proper manner. If covetousness reigns in the heart, compassion is banished; and when the heart is thus engaged, violence and fraud commonly occupy the hands. The most haughty and secure in prosperity, are commonly most ready to despair in adversity. Woe to those from whom God turns away! Those are the sorest calamities which cut us off from the congregation of the Lord, or cut us short in the enjoyment of its privileges.

Since they say, “Prophesy not,” God will take them at their word, and their sin shall be their punishment. Let the physician no longer attend the patient that will not be healed. Those are enemies, not only to God, but to their country, who silence good ministers, and stop the means of grace. What bonds will hold those who have no reverence for God's word? Sinners cannot expect to rest in a land they have polluted. You shall not only be obliged to depart out of this land, but it shall destroy you. Apply this to our state in this present world. There is corruption in the world through lust, and we should keep at a distance from it. It is not our rest: it was designed for our passage, but not for our portion; our inn, but not our home; here we have no continuing city; let us therefore arise and depart, let us seek a continuing city above. Since they will be deceived, let them be deceived. Teachers who recommend self-indulgence by their doctrine and example, best suit such sinners.

These verses may refer to the captivity of Israel and Judah. But the passage is also a prophecy of the conversion of the Jews to Christ. The Lord would not only bring them from captivity, and multiply them, but the Lord Jesus would open their way to God, by taking upon him the nature of man, and by the work of his Spirit in their hearts, breaking the fetters of Satan. Thus he has gone before, and the people follow, breaking, in his strength, through the enemies that would stop their way to heaven.


Matthew 24:15-31
Be ready for that day
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Commentary

The disciples had asked concerning the times, When these things should be? Christ gave them no answer to that; but they had also asked, What shall be the sign? This question he answers fully. The prophecy first respects events near at hand, the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of the Jewish church and state, the calling of the Gentiles, and the setting up of Christ's kingdom in the world; but it also looks to the general judgment; and toward the close, points more particularly to the latter. What Christ here said to his disciples, tended more to promote caution than to satisfy their curiosity; more to prepare them for the events that should happen, than to give a distinct idea of the events. This is that good understanding of the times which all should covet, thence to infer what Israel ought to do. Our Saviour cautions his disciples to stand on their guard against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ, and he left their house desolate, the sword never departed from them. See what comes of refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. It is against the mind of Christ, that his people should have troubled hearts, even in troublous times. When we looked forward to the eternity of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we may truly say, The greatest earthly judgments are but the beginning of sorrows. It is comforting that some shall endure even to the end. Our Lord foretells the preaching of the gospel in all the world. The end of the world shall not be till the gospel has done its work. Christ foretells the ruin coming upon the people of the Jews; and what he said here, would be of use to his disciples, for their conduct and for their comfort. If God opens a door of escape, we ought to make our escape, otherwise we do not trust God, but tempt him. It becomes Christ's disciples, in times of public trouble, to be much in prayer: that is never out of season, but in a special manner seasonable when we are distressed on every side. Though we must take what God sends, yet we may pray against sufferings; and it is very trying to a good man, to be taken by any work of necessity from the solemn service and worship of God on the sabbath day. But here is one word of comfort, that for the elect's sake these days shall be made shorter than their enemies designed, who would have cut all off, if God, who used these foes to serve his own purpose, had not set bounds to their wrath. Christ foretells the rapid spreading of the gospel in the world. It is plainly seen as the lightning. Christ preached his gospel openly. The Romans were like an eagle, and the ensign of their armies was an eagle. When a people, by their sin, make themselves as loathsome carcasses, nothing can be expected but that God should send enemies to destroy them. It is very applicable to the day of judgment, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in that day, 2 Thessalonians 2:1. Let us give diligence to make our calling and election sure; then may we know that no enemy or deceiver shall ever prevail against us.



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 B. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2021, we will be in Year C. The year which ended at Advent 2020 was Year A. 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 Saturday, November 28, 2020
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Micah 2:1-13; Matthew 24:15-31 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2020

 

Prayer of the Day
Saturday, November 28, 2020


Watch, then, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming—it might be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or at sunrise. If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. What I say to you, then, I say to all: Watch!
Mark 13:35–37 (GNT)

Lord Jesus, our Savior, we look upward to heaven, for you will come from heaven in the glory of the Father. May we remain true to our calling, watching and praying every day and every hour, waiting for you, who will bring into order everything on earth. Bless us and bless our land. Grant us the joy to see you working through your servants toward the salvation of the peoples. Be with us and bless us. May your living Word work in our hearts so that every Sunday, every festival, and every day from now on may be a day of joy. Protect us. Bless us. May your name be praised in our hearts! Amen.

Verse of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2020

 

Verse of the Day
Saturday, November 28, 2020

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified and taught, that strangers to him may be led to adore him. Let us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God's name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from day to day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ. We have reason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. In the midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for the servants of God in distress.

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The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Your Unbreakable Word

 

Your Unbreakable Word

John 10:35— (Jesus said) "Scripture cannot be broken."

What eternal power is present in this simple sentence from the Savior! In it is found the divine stamp of approval on Scripture. Nations and peoples worldwide must realize on the basis of Jesus' concise words here that every declaration of warning, every pronouncement of judgment, which God's Word of truth speaks on our careless, godless age will be fulfilled to the letter.

Likewise, the judgment of God on unfaithful churches is inevitable and absolute. The verdict given in the book of Revelation on ancient churches that have lost their faith and are compromised with unbelief still strikes modern churches which have abandoned their first love of fervent faith and Christ-centered love for others.

This brings every one of us to the personal problem of our own sins. For the unbroken Word of God tells us plainly that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and "The soul who sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20a). We may squirm under this sentence upon our sin and the doom of the sinner, but the unbreakable Word of God cannot be altered.

And neither can His promises!

Therefore, let us raise our praise filled hearts to thank our Heavenly Father for His unbroken Word of grace, every promise of His unfailing mercy, every pledge of His unchanging love, every assurance of His unending compassion.

Now, if the sure Word of grace, predicted in scores of ancient prophecies, tells us that He, the Christ of God, was "pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities" (Isaiah 53:5a); if it is the glory of the Gospel that we can "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29b); then we know, before the cross, at the threshold of every human happiness, we know that the covenant of God's peace in Christ will never be broken.

There we can grasp our New Testaments and repeat that these Scriptures "cannot be broken." Even if you cannot measure the immensity of God's love, believe it. Even if you cannot understand and explain it, cherish it. Even if you see insurmountable obstacles between you and your God, remember that by day and by night, in heat and cold, in war and in peace, in childhood and in old age, through life and through death, the merciful Scriptures of God must be fulfilled.

Is there difficulty within the walls of your home? Is your neighborhood in peril, torn by strife and anger? Is your own heart dissatisfied with life, hungry for something more? I have seen homes brought together in love and reconciliation. I have seen relationships transformed, lives rebuilt, confidences regained. And I have seen those despairing of all hope find their lives' only true Hope—all because of the power of God's unbreakable Word, taking root in their lives.

God's Word is for you and for me. Make it yours; immerse yourself in its promises; cherish it; defend it; support it; and cling tightly to the promise of the Heavenly Father's unbroken love, His eternal power, and His undiminished blessing through the cross of His Son Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, teach us to stand on the promises of Your unbreakable Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier

Reflection Questions:
1. What does it mean to you, that Scripture "cannot be broken"?

2. Can you give an Old Testament promise that came true in the New Testament?

3. When you're feeling down, what's a promise from Jesus that gives you strength and hope?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
What eternal power is present in this simple sentence from the Savior?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — RESPONDING WITH PRAISE

 
RESPONDING WITH PRAISE

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The overflow of singing praises amid great difficulties has tremendous spiritual power. Paul and Silas set the biblical pattern in the prison in Philippi (Acts 16).

Helen Berhane spent almost three years in the shipping container prisons of Eritrea. In her book Song of the Nightingale, she shares about the first time she and other women were put in an old metal shipping container that was very hot and filled with fleas and lice:

Everyone was very despondent, and many of the women were angry. They asked me what we should do, and I knew they were expecting me to say that we should shout or bang the container, to let our captors know that we were not going to tolerate this treatment. But I remembered… [reading] about how Christians, like nightingales, could not be prevented from singing even in captivity, and I suggested that we sing: “We should praise God in spite of the fleas, in spite of the lice, in spite of the heat. We should thank God despite our circumstances.” So I began to sing with them, and pray, and share the Word of God from memory.[1]

Pastor Ung Sophal sat in a filthy Cambodian prison badly beaten. His hands and feet were chained for five months. “Only my mouth was unchained,” he said.

“...So I sang to God in prison all the time. Another prisoner heard me singing through a small hole in the wall, so I taught him the song—a bit at a time. He passed it on, and soon eight of us were singing.”

Archbishop Dominic Tang spent twenty-two years in prison in China for his faith. He reports:

“Besides my prayer and meditation, every day I sang some hymns in a soft voice: ‘Jesus I live for you; Jesus I die for you; Jesus I belong to you. Whether alive or dead, I am for Jesus!’ This hymn was taught to me by a Protestant prisoner who lived in my cell.”[2]

RESPONSE: Today, I will respond to all the challenges of life I face with praise and thankfulness.

PRAYER: Pray that all Christian prisoners around the world will also respond to their circumstances as those documented above.


1. Helen Berhane, Song of the Nightingale, ( Colorado Springs: Authentic Media, 2009), pp. 36-37.

2. Tony Lambert, The Resurrection of the Chinese Church (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1991), p 179.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
The overflow of singing praises amid great difficulties has tremendous spiritual power.

The NIV Couples Devotional — Loving Those You Love

 
Loving Those You Love

2 Samuel 9:1–13

“I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan.”

Many years after his friend Jonathan died, King David reached out to Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. David restored to Mephibosheth the land that had belonged to his grandfather, King Saul, and David welcomed Mephibosheth to his royal table. Why? Because David loved Jonathan and wanted to do something kind to a member of Saul’s household “for Jonathan’s sake” (2 Samuel 9:1).

Sometimes, I don’t want to extend myself on behalf of anyone else, even my husband. But when we entered into marriage, we committed not just to love each other but also to behave lovingly toward the people we each love. This doesn’t mean we necessarily have to like everyone our spouse likes. The Bible, after all, doesn’t say whether or not David liked Mephibosheth. What it says is that David and Jonathan had a special love for each other (see 1 Samuel 18:1–4; 20:17; 2 Samuel 1:26), and because David loved Jonathan, he extended kindness to Mephibosheth.

One of the most powerful ways my husband loves me is by loving my sister. To be completely honest, my sister and I don’t get along that well. We don’t have much in common (except our faces, which are almost identical). When we’re together, we seem to regress to childhood, circa 1985, when I was nine, and she was sixteen. She tells me what to do, and I bristle. We get tetchy. We pick at each other like hens.

I think Griff and Leanne like each other well enough, though I doubt they would have sought each other out and become friends had not marriage made them siblings-in-law. And it doesn’t really matter how much they like each other. What matters is that they extend themselves to one another.

On Wednesday nights, when I have church commitments, Griff eats dinner with Leanne and her family. Griff also volunteers to babysit for my nephew. When I am out of town on business, Leanne calls Griff and checks on him. And though Griff and Leanne do have affection for one another, they make these gestures, I think, less out of affection for one another and more out of love for me. Griff understands that eating dinner with Leanne and her family knits Leanne and me together, even though I am not at the dinner table.

When two people marry, they don’t become involved with just one other person. Spouses come with a constellation of families and friends. We can ignore those relationships. We can view them as a threat to our relationship with our spouse and fight them. Or we can lovingly insert ourselves into those relationships and help grow them.

We don’t have to develop intimate friendships with all of our spouse’s relatives and close friends. But, as David understood, we can best honor, love, and serve our spouse by making loving overtures to the people they love.

Lauren Winner


Let’s Talk
  • Who are the people (besides each other and our children) we love best in the world? How have we extended ourselves in love to people in each other’s world?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to love the other people who came with this marriage? Is there someone one of us finds difficult to love? What would happen if we imagined God showing up in our relationships with difficult people?
  • Is there a cherished friend or relative whom we wished had a better relationship with one of us?
When we entered into marriage, we committed not just to love each other but also to behave lovingly toward the people we each love.

John Piper Devotional — The Root of Ingratitude

 
The Root of Ingratitude

Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

When gratitude springs up in the human heart toward God, he is magnified as the wealthy source of our blessing. He is acknowledged as giver and benefactor and therefore as glorious.

But when gratitude does not spring up in our hearts at God's great goodness to us, it probably means that we don't want to pay him a compliment; we don't want to magnify him as our benefactor.

And there is a very good reason that human beings by nature do not want to magnify God with thanksgiving or glorify him as their benefactor. The reason is that it detracts from their own glory, and all people by nature love their own glory more than the glory of God.

At the root of all ingratitude is the love of one's own greatness. For genuine gratitude admits that we are beneficiaries of an unearned bequest. We are cripples leaning on the cross-shaped crutch of Jesus Christ. We are paralytics living minute by minute in the iron lung of God's mercy. We are children asleep in heaven’s stroller.

Natural man hates to think of himself in these images: unworthy beneficiary, cripple, paralytic, child. They rob him of all his glory by giving it all to God.

Therefore, while a man loves his own glory, and prizes his self-sufficiency, and hates to think of himself as sin-sick and helpless, he will never feel any genuine gratitude to the true God and so will never magnify God, but only himself.

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).

Jesus has nothing to do for those who insist they are well. He demands something great: that we admit we are not great. This is bad news to the arrogant, but words of honey to those who have given up their charade of self-sufficiency and are seeking God.

When gratitude springs up in the human heart toward God, he is magnified as the wealthy source of our blessing.

Un dia a la Vez — ¿Compromiso o costumbre?

 
¿Compromiso o costumbre?

Todas las sendas del Señor son amor y verdad para quienes cumplen los preceptos de su pacto.

Si queremos tener éxito en las cosas que realizamos, ya sea en el ámbito espiritual o en el laboral, no debemos hacer nada por costumbre. ¡Qué bueno es poder tener un compromiso y saber que lo que hacemos es como para Dios y no para los hombres!

La mediocridad en las cosas que realizamos dejará una mala impresión de nuestra persona. Además, si es para los negocios de Dios, ¿te figuras la imagen que dejamos cuando hacemos las cosas por costumbre? De inmediato se va a notar nuestra falta de compromiso y de interés. En realidad, Dios busca gente comprometida para bendecir.

Las cosas hechas por costumbre también te pueden llegar a cansar y te pueden llevar a abandonar lo que te ha dado Dios. Tengamos presente que las oportunidades que nos ofrecen las debemos valorar al máximo y disfrutarlas mientras las tengamos.

Pidámosle a Dios que nos guíe a fin de ser personas comprometidas y de una sola palabra. Esto lo debemos aplicar hasta en nuestra relación de pareja. No permitamos que nuestros matrimonios caigan en la rutina. Me parece crudo y frío estar con alguien por estar acostumbrados a esa persona, cuando sé que ese no es el propósito original de Dios.

Si este fuera tu caso, busca ayuda profesional y pídele a Dios que te dé los recursos para reconquistar y amar a tu cónyuge, y para hacer nuevos compromisos de fidelidad, confianza y amor.


Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
No debemos hacer nada por costumbre.

Хліб Наш Насущній — Дихання і швидкоплинність

 

Дихання і швидкоплинність

Читати: Псалом 138:7-16 | Біблія за рік: Єзекіїля 33–34 ; 1 Петра 5

До книги Твоєї записані всі мої… дні, що в них були вчинені, коли жодного з них не було.

Разом із мамою та сестрами я сиділа біля ліжка батька до останнього його подиху. Через декілька днів йому б мало виповнитися вісімдесят дев’ять років. Проте він тихо перейшов у інше життя, де на нього очікував Господь. Його відхід лишив нас з пустотою в серці, яку він колись заповнював, і тепер у нас залишилися тільки спогади про нього та пам’ятні речі. Втім у нас також була надія, що одного дня ми возз’єднаємося.

Ця надія ґрунтувалася на вірі, що наш батько перебуває з Богом, Який його знає і любить. Перший подих нашому батьку дарував Бог (Іс. 42:5). Втім навіть перед його першим подихом та в миті між подальшими подихами Бог глибинним чином брав участь у кожному аспекті батьківського життя, так само як і у вашому та моєму житті. Господь дивовижно створив та “виткав” його в материнській утробі (Пс. 138:13-14). І коли відбувся останній подих батька, з ним був Божий Дух, тримаючи його і несучи до вічної оселі з Богом (вв. 7-10).

Це стосується всіх Божих дітей. Богу відома кожна мить нашого швидкоплинного життя на землі (вв. 1-4). Ми дорогоцінні для Нього. З кожним новим днем і в очікуванні вічного життя долучаймося до хвали Йому з вуст “усього, що дихає”. “Господа хваліть!” (Пс. 150:6).
Як розуміння того, що Бог глибоко залучений у ваше життя, дає вам надію? Як ви можете використовувати Своє дихання, щоб Його прославити?
Дорогий Господи, дякую, що створив мене і дарував мені дихання та надію. Допоможи в часи смутку та втрат триматися за Тебе.

Автор Елісон Кіеда

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