Mon, May 21, 2018
Open Your Understanding
Isaiah 50:4 – The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will. (R.S.V.: that I might know how to sustain with a word him that is weary.)
We can uphold and undergird the soul bowed down with care and weary with life through our words. “It doesn’t necessarily come with polished ecclesiastical oratory, but by the right word fitly spoken (Prov. 25:11 KJV) at the right time (Prov. 25:25).” Who does the Lord use to bring faith, hope, and love to the lost, forgotten, under-resourced, under-valued, and underserved? God uses the persons who stand still long enough to hear from Him and who wait for Him to speak and fill them every day with a fresh cup of spiritual life. You can be that person who brings real relief to weary souls. When He wakes you “morning by morning” invite Him to “open your understanding.”
Tue, May 22, 2018
Numbers 21:4b (KJV) – …and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
The long trek toward the Promised Land took the Children of Israel through difficult terrain that made them weary. Some of them made it worse by exaggerating the difficulties and problems. Do you know someone who is walking a difficult leg of his or her life journey? They are battling disease or relational heartaches or some kind of loss. What they don’t need is someone walking alongside them who exaggerates the problems and causes more worry and stress. What they do need is someone who can inspire them with hope and courage and point their eyes to Jesus who is ever near (but difficult to see in times of loss). Commit to being an encourager. Be the conduit of faith, hope, and love that helps them survive the tough places in life (Gal. 6:2).
Wed, May 23, 2018
John 4:9 – The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
Due to racial prejudice this woman was socially and religiously ostracized. Yet Jesus crossed cultural barriers to meet the crying need in her heart. He specifically had taken a route with the disciples that would take Him by that well on that day. As a result of their conversation she became His first convert, His first evangelist to spread the news that the Messiah had come! Who will come across your path today that needs to hear about Jesus? Someone’s heart is breaking and needs a conversation with the Savior.
Thu, May 24, 2018
Leading Others To Christ
John 8:7b – …(Jesus) stood up and said to them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
The woman, a condemned sinner, was being condemned by other sinners! How interesting that “When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman (NLT). His fitly spoken words hit the conscience of the accusers (eldest to youngest) and dispersed them, appropriately so. We need the wisdom of God in every difficult circumstance. Our words have power to heal or hurt. Too often good-intentioned Christians have spread condemnation, like those Pharisees, rather than creating pathways to God. How do we bring people to Jesus? Do we drag them before Him with accusations, or lead them to the Savior? Her heart opened to His kindness and she gladly received His instruction: Go and sin no more. Invite the “Holy Spirit to fill your heart with His love” (Romans 5:5b NLT). Here we find Jesus speaking the right words in a hotbed of religiosity.
Fri, May 25, 2018
Comforting The Broken
I Thess. 5:14 –And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Part of our calling as followers of Jesus Christ is to comfort the weak. Sometimes the best thing we can do is take an interest in the burdens of people and help them carry their load or at least lighten it by just being a listening ear (Gal. 6:2). So many people feel they are walking alone. Your care and concern becomes a lifeline. A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver (Prov. 25:11) precious, sustaining, life-giving. Patient persistence “pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses (Prov. 25:15). Hear God’s call to comfort the weak.
Sat, May 26, 2018
Isaiah 42:3 – He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (NIV). The Message: He won’t brush aside the bruised and the hurt and He won’t disregard the small and insignificant, but He’ll steadily and firmly set things right.
This is why we love our Savior. We serve a God who cares so much about us, He wants to mends our broken hearts. Sometimes people are so bruised by difficult life experiences that they can’t trust anymore. They won’t risk the pain. They build walls around them to protect their hearts; but Jesus knows how to walk through walls. He knows how to woo them. The Body of Christ is meant to be a safe place for healing. Don’t crush a weak reed or extinguish a flickering candle.