Weekly devotional

Weekly Devotional

 

Week of August 19 - August 25


Opening Prayer:

Thank You Lord that You are victorious over every trouble and obstacle. Thank You that You have overcome sin, and death, and any evil that we may face today. And because of You, we too are over-comers. We too can have victory, and we can walk strong in Your peace.  Amen

Daily Scripture Readings:

Monday         Luke 6:46-49
Tuesday         Genesis 9:18-27
Wednesday    Isaiah 25:1-8
Thursday        Isaiah 4:6
Friday             Acts 27:13-44
Saturday         Psalm 107:28-31
Sunday           Genesis 9:18-27

During the month of August, you will mostly see the same scriptures.  As you read them each week, pray that God will give you new insight at each reading.

Reading:

A passenger on an ocean liner was enduring a rough Atlantic crossing.  As he leaned over the rail, his face a shade of green, a steward came along and tried to encourage him: “Don’t be discouraged, sir!  No one’s ever died of seasickness yet!”  The nauseous passenger looked up at the steward with horror and said, “Don’t say that! It’s only the hope of dying that’s kept me alive this long!”

That’s probably how Paul’s fellow-passengers felt after two weeks of enduring the storm at sea.  Not only were they sick; after not being able to see the sun or stars for many days, they had lost all hope of being saved (Acts 27:20).  In the same way, when people go through severe storms in life, often they lose all hope.

Into this bleak picture, the encouraging words of the apostle Paul brought a ray of light.  In verse 22, he urges everyone to keep up their courage, promising that there would be no loss of life among them.  Again in verse 25 he says, “Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God, that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.” Yet again in verse 33 we read that “Paul was encouraging them to take some food.”  The result was (27:36), “all of them were encouraged.”

Questions:

What is really important?



What do I need to let go of?