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In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.


-Luke 1:5-6

LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES -   

BY MARY WILDER TILESTON

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord. -PSALMS 27:14


I ASK not that my course be calm and still;

No, here too, Lord, be done Thy holy will:

1 ask but for a quiet childlike heart; 

Though thronging cares and restless toil be mine, 

Yet may my heart remain forever Thine;

Draw it from earth, and fix it where Thou art.

--C. J. P. SPITTA


TRUE union with God is to do His will without ceasing, in spite of all our natural disinclination, in all the wearisome and painful duties of our condition.

--FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON


When persons have learnt to look upon the daily course of their ordinary life, with its duties and troubles, however common-place, as their offering to God, and as the safest school for themselves of perfection, they will have made a very important step in the spiritual life. Another step, so simple that it is often despised, is to do everything, however ordinary, as well as it can possibly be done, for God's sake. A third is to be always pressing forward; when a mistake is made, or a fault committed, to face and admit it freely; but having asked God to supply the deficiency caused by our own infirmity, to go on steadfastly and hopefully.

--H. L. SIDNEY LEAR


This is a public domain version of Joy and Strength.

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God is on My Side   

By Ron Moore

The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Nahum 1:3-5


A century after Nineveh repented under Jonah's reluctant preaching, they were back at it. Since they were characterized by idolatry, violence, and arrogance, God would not let His people suffer any longer under the Ninevites' cruel rule. While Jonah tells the story of God holding back His judgment, in Nahum God lets it loose. Nineveh was proud of its wall standing between 80 and 100 feet high and its moat 150 feet wide and 60 feet deep. But against God, human defenses are useless.

According to His plan, God raised up the Babylonians to conquer Nineveh. In fact, God arranged for the Tigris River to overflow and destroy a part of the wall so the Babylonians could get through. Under the Babylonian king Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadnezzar, Assyria was wiped off the map. After their destruction in 612 BC, the site was not rediscovered until AD 1842.

Nahum teaches us that God is on our side. Trust Him. Challenges will come. Illness may knock the props from underneath us. Relationships may break our heart. Death of loved ones will bring overpowering waves of grief. But God is always preparing for our deliverance. For the believer the best is always yet to come. In the end WE WIN!


Father, in the trials of my day remind me of the eternal victory guaranteed through Jesus. Thank You for always being on my side! In Jesus' name. Amen.

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One Day at a Time -  

This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. —Matthew 6:34

It has been said that there are two days that people worry most about but should actually worry least about: Yesterday and Tomorrow. We worry about yesterday – the mistakes we’ve made and what we would have done differently. Yet, there is nothing we can do to change yesterday. Our worries are wasted.  We also worry about tomorrow – the problems it may bring and the challenges we may face. Yet, we cannot control tomorrow. It is out of our grasp. So again, our worries are wasted.

When we do not waste our worries on yesterday or tomorrow, it frees us to live in the present – today. Today, we are able to make decisions about our life. Today, we can set our course, set off in a direction or alter our course, if necessary. Sure, we will still make our share of mistakes. And, we will still have worries. Each day brings enough to be concerned about. Still, seldom are life’s concerns unbearable today. Our worries become unbearable when we add the wasted worries of yesterday and tomorrow.

Jesus instructs us to live one day at a time. He knew that so much of what we worry about is out of our control. He wanted us to understand that God gives us today. And, as we live our lives seeking Him, we are in a safe place. Jesus promises that our heavenly Father will provide us with everything we need.

When I’m tempted to worry about any of life’s concerns, I find that it helps to remind myself of the many times I’ve given in to worry – and how things never came to pass as I had feared – which is actually the vast majority of the time!

Do your best to live today – just one day at a time! And, when you find yourself tempted to worry, remind yourself of Jesus’ words, “Your heavenly Father knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” (Matthew 6:32-33, NLT)

 

GOING DEEPER

1. What do you find yourself worrying about more, yesterday or tomorrow?

2. How can Jesus’ words about living a life of seeking God and living one day at a time help you in your struggle about worry?

 

READING FURTHER

Psalm 118:24; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6

This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

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GOD IN EVERYTHING -  

BY MRS. CHARLES COWMAN

"It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good". -1 Sam. 3:18


See God in everything, and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!" It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged; but if Christ, as Lord and Master of our life, is brought into our grief and gloom, "HE will compass us about with songs of deliverance." To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath, taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 

Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes toward us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessings they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts.--H. W. Smith. 


"Give me a new idea," I said, 

While musing on a sleepless bed; 

"A new idea that'll bring to earth 

A balm for souls of priceless worth; 

That'll give men thoughts of things above, 

And teach them how to serve and love, 

That'll banish every selfish thought, 

And rid men of the sins they've fought." 


The new thought came, just how, I'll tell: 

'Twas when on bended knee I fell, 

And sought from HIM who knows full well 

The way our sorrow to expel. 

SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small, 

And give HIM praise whate'er befall, 

In life or death, in pain or woe, 

See God, and overcome thy foe. 


I saw HIM in the morning light, 

HE made the day shine clear and bright; 

I saw HIM in the noontide hour, 

And gained from HIM refreshing shower. 

At eventide, when worn and sad, 

HE gave me help, and made me glad. 

At midnight, when on tossing bed 

My weary soul to sleep HE led. 


I saw HIM when great losses came, 

And found HE loved me just the same. 

When heavy loads I had to bear, 

I found HE lightened every care. 

By sickness, sorrow, sore distress, 

HE calmed my mind and gave me rest. 

HE'S filled my heart with gladsome praise 

Since I gave HIM the upward gaze. 


'Twas new to me, yet old to some, 

This thought that to me has become 

A revelation of the way 

We all should live throughout the day; 

For as each day unfolds its light, 

We'll walk by faith and not by sight. 

Life will, indeed, a blessing bring, 

If we SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING." 

--A. E. Finn


The public domain version of this classic devotional is the unabridged edition of Streams in the Desert.

Devotions.org, a division of Back to Bible has a daily source of devotions to keep you in touch with God and His word, written by some of today's top authors and Bible teachers. Browse the variety of resources completely on their website. 

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