Devotion

April 18, 2021

Opening Prayer: 
Gracious God we live in a world where we can choose everything at once.  Remind us that there are still some choices that exclude others.   Remind us that when we choose to follow you, we are choosing to follow you alone.   In Jesus Name, Amen
AMEN
 
Daily Scripture Readings: 
Monday          Joshua 24:1-3
Tuesday         Joshua 24:4-7
Wednesday     Joshua 24:8-13
Thursday       Genesis 35:1-5
Friday                Mark 10:17-27
Saturday        Genesis 2:4-7
 
Reading:
Here we find Joshua, one of Israel's most faithful leaders, clearly calling the people to make a choice between serving other gods, or serving the one, true God. Then Joshua sets the example with this declaration: "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Today we face the same dilemma. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." (NLT)

Maybe money is not a problem for you. Perhaps something else is dividing your service to God. Like Joshua, have you made a clear choice for yourself and your family to serve the Lord alone?

Years earlier Joshua had made the choice to serve the Lord and serve him only. Joshua had made a once-and-for-all choice, but he would continue to do so daily, choosing God over and over again throughout his life.

Like Joshua did for Israel, God extends his invitation to us, and we must decide. Then we put our decision into action: we choose to come to him and to serve him daily. Some call this invitation and response a transaction of faith. God calls us to salvation by grace, and we respond by choosing to come by his grace as well. 

Joshua's choice to serve God was personal, passionate, and permanent. Today, will you say like he did, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."   Author Unknown
News. Billy Graham

April 11, 2021

Prayer:
Gracious God,
On your great mountain, you spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper. Speak again,  that we might hear your voice and feel your presence. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Daily Scripture Readings:
Monday: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Tuesday: Exodus 3:1-14
Wednesday: Ezekiel 1:1-28
Thursday: Exodus 33:12-23
Friday: Zechariah 1:7-17
Saturday: John 1:1-18

Reflection:
Our sermon scripture for this week was the story of the prophet Elijah hearing the voice of God in a gentle whisper. Through this still, small voice, God made His presence known in Elijah’s life. This is not the only time that God has revealed himself to humanity. In our first reading for this week, the prophet Samuel also hears God calling him in the night. Moses twice experiences the presence of God in the burning bush and as God passes by him in Exodus 33. And God is revealed as the “Man Among the Myrtle Trees” in the book of Zechariah. The mode of revelation often varies, but scripture affirms God’s desire to reveal Himself to humanity and to be in relationship with us.

No revelation of God was as powerful as the one described in the first chapter of John. In the person of Jesus, the Word became flesh. God took on the form of humanity so that we might be freed from our slavery to sin and death. By becoming human, God proved that there was nothing he wouldn’t do to be with us. Whatever you may be experiencing in this season of life, I hope you know one thing. God sees you - and He wants to be with you. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus shows us that. When life gets tough and you don’t know where to turn, turn to Jesus. Because in Him God meets us wherever we are at. We have hope that we are not alone because God did not leave us alone. Praise be to God for Jesus who demonstrates God’s love for us!