EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
Matthew 5:6—Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled. (NIRv)
Luke 6:21—Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. (NASB)
When things aren’t as they ought to be or relationships are broken, it doesn’t feel right to us. To those who love God and hunger for a better world, we want things to be made as they ought to be. What around you or in you needs to be “filled” or “satisfied” because it’s not right?
What might you need to do to be a part of making it “right”?
Lord, it’s impossible for me to count all the things about the world (and my life) that aren’t exactly as they ought to be, but there are things I can do about some of them. Please reveal to me what You’re hungering to see me act on. And whatever I can’t, help me to trust that You know how to lead others to make the world look more and more like Heaven and Your heart. Make me right, Jesus. Amen.
EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
John 21:17-18, 19—A third time [ Jesus ] asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed My sheep . . . follow Me.” (NLT)
Loving God, Jesus teaches Peter is can never be dis-equated with loving and serving people (God’s “sheep”). While we don’t have to create the food, we do have a part to play in leading others to those pastures where God’s sustenance is. Before we can lead others there, though, we must be healthy and finding spiritual nutrition from God ourselves. What feeds YOUR soul?
Who is the Holy Spirit revealing you might need to be sensitive to their spiritual well-being around you?
Loving You, Lord—I am discovering—requires a lot more than having an emotion towards You. The fact is, first, I don’t always feel emotional in Your direction and, second, You apparently want me to show my love for You by loving others who need caring for. I do pray You build that emotional connection with me, but I also ask for Your compassion for everyone around me, Jesus. In Your name I ask it, Amen.
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Read: Genesis 11:10-32
This is the account of Shem’s family. Two years after the great flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. 11 After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters. 12 When Arphaxad was 35 years old, he became the father of Shelah. 13 After the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 When Shelah was 30 years old, he became the father of Eber. 15 After the birth of Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters. 16 When Eber was 34 years old, he became the father of Peleg. 17 After the birth of Peleg, Eber lived another 430 years and had other sons and daughters. 18 When Peleg was 30 years old, he became the father of Reu. 19 After the birth of Reu, Peleg lived another 209 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 When Reu was 32 years old, he became the father of Serug. 21 After the birth of Serug, Reu lived another 207 years and had other sons and daughters. 22 When Serug was 30 years old, he became the father of Nahor. 23 After the birth of Nahor, Serug lived another 200 years and had other sons and daughters. 24 When Nahor was 29 years old, he became the father of Terah. 25 After the birth of Terah, Nahor lived another 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
26 After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 27 This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. 28 But Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the land of his birth, while his father, Terah, was still living. 29 Meanwhile, Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. (Milcah and her sister Iscah were daughters of Nahor’s brother Haran.) 30 But Sarai was unable to become pregnant and had no children. 31 One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. 32 Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran. (NLT)
EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
Matthew 5:5—The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. (HCSB)
Matthew 11:29—Jesus: “Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NLT)
Since God Himself is gentle with us, He directs us to be gentle with others. Who is someone who could benefit from your being gentle with them?
Thinking even one step deeper, how could you be gentle in a perfect way with their needs?
Frances de Sales: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
Lord, Your Scriptures tell me that it’s Your kindness that leads me to repent of my sins . . . not fear of Your judgment! This is so encouraging! Of course, while I do fear what You could do to me in punishment, I know that I’m compelled to come closer to You because of Your gentle way with my imperfection. Give me Your heart so I will mirror that gentleness with others today. When I am like You, it can be so, Amen.