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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.

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A WORD FOR TODAY, July 22, 2024

“In you, Yahweh, I take refuge. Never let me be disappointed. Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me. Turn your ear to me, and save me. Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go. Give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For you are my hope, Lord Yahweh, my confidence from my youth. I have relied on you from the womb. You are he who took me out of my mother’s womb. I will always praise you.” Psalm 71:1-6, WEB

Imagine that you are the newly hired mail person at a large company with a huge hierarchy of people, from office assistants to department heads to Vice Presidents. The CEO comes to you one day and says, “I am going to put you in charge of everything.” He explains that there are a bunch of incompetent people who have done something wrong that nearly destroyed the company, and he is assigning you the job of firing them. The list of people includes a couple of Vice Presidents and your own supervisor. How do you respond? I would probably say, “But Sir, I’m a nobody. They won’t listen to me. I just deliver the mail.”

I certainly would not want the job. After all, I probably did not even know there was a problem. I deliver mail; I don’t read balance sheets or know what goes on in corporate offices. I would not have any credibility with any of those on the list to be fired. “Who are you to do this?” they would ask. This is especially true of those who have been with the company for a long time, and those who are high up on the corporate ladder. They would not listen to me.

Of course, in this situation you would not be given any real control. You wouldn’t choose which employees to fire. The decisions would be made by the CEO. He would give the orders; he would instruct you how to do the task. It is his word that would give you the credibility needed. It would not be your work, but his work done through you. He would not be far away, but it would still be hard work. Who wants to be the one to deliver bad news, particularly to those who have authority over you?

God often chose people to do exactly that type of work. Take, for example, Jeremiah. The titles and circumstances are different, but God called young Jeremiah to tell the people of Judah some bad news. He was preparing to pronounce judgment on Judah for their faithlessness. They willingly submitted to foreign gods and turned their back on Him. Jeremiah was called to speak a word of warning to the people: Babylonia was coming to rule over Judah. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want either job. Like my response to the CEO, Jeremiah answered God by telling Him that he was a nobody. He was too young and too inexperienced to stand against the rulers of Judah. Yet, God assured Jeremiah that He would be nearby. “I will be with you. I will give you my word in your mouth. I will protect you. They will not overcome you with me at your side.”

Would you answer “Yes” if you had that kind of assurance? Would you step forth, trusting that the CEO would protect you as you carried out his work? It doesn’t matter how young or how old we are: sometimes the things we are asked to do seem to be outside our ability to do it. How many of us would be willing to preach a sermon if our pastor asked us to step up and do so? How many of us would be willing to go to the city council to demand help with an issue the church is experiencing? How many of us would tell a president or king or ruler that they are doing something against God’s will? We think we are nobody, and we don’t think we can get anything accomplished. We would rather not do it.

But if God asks you to do it, will you do it? Will you trust that God provides us with all we need to do His work no matter what?

The psalmist writes, “In you, Yahweh, I take refuge. Never let me be disappointed.” We take refuge knowing that God is with us and we do what He calls us to do from that point of view. It won’t be pretty. Like Jeremiah, they will not want to hear what we have to say. Quite frankly, I don’t really want to say what God sends me to say. As we dwell in God’s grace, we trust that God knows what is best, and that He is working to do what is right. We are not sent into the world to judge the sins of our neighbors, or to force them to be or do what we think they should be or do. God will not give us words to harm another, though we may have to rebuke, or correct, or reprove, but we are never to doubt God s love for any of His people.

We might be afraid, and we might not want to say “Yes,” but we can rest in the assurance that God has promised to be our refuge and we can live in praise and thanksgiving for His mercy and grace, no matter what we face doing His work in the world. May we all stand firm in the knowledge that God is our rock and our fortress; even when we face difficulties in this world, we can trust that God is faithful to His promises.

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A WORD FOR TODAY, July 19, 2024

“The man bowed his head, and worshiped Yahweh. He said, ‘Blessed be Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his loving kindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, Yahweh has led me on the way to the house of my master’s relatives.’” Genesis 24:26-27, WEB

There is a joke in Texas that every road that leads to anywhere I want to go is under construction. They say that jokes are funniest when there is an element of truth. Well, this is true of the joke about Texas construction right now. Every road has orange cones or closed lanes. A major highway intersection we drive through regularly is often closed completely on weekends, chasing traffic onto frontage road detours that add time to the trip. I’ve found many of my own detours, backroads that might not save a lot of time, but do save some frustration.

I also run my GPS almost every time I get in my car, even if it is a place I visit regularly, to see how traffic is doing at any given moment so I can make decisions about how to avoid the frustrations of all this construction. I was headed for church the other day, and decided not to follow its instruction, to take my favorite back road because I just don’t like the traffic at that time of day. Unfortunately, I discovered that the road was closed, too! This meant I had to find another way. GPS gave me choices, but I went my own way, often discovering that they were not the best choice. A trip that should have taken me thirty minutes ended up taking forty-five, and I was nearly late for my meeting.

I didn’t believe the GPS and though I was given good instruction, I thought that I knew a better way. Isn’t that how it often is with our journey of faith? God blesses us with guidance from others, yet we often wonder if there is a better way. When we do this, we find ourselves wandering, lost, and confused. I have learned over the years that GPS is not always correct, but I do know that God does not direct us into confusion. He leads us through this world according to His love and mercy. His way is the best way.

As Abraham grew old, he called his chief servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. He was very specific with his direction. “But you shall go to my country, and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant was concerned that he would not be able to convince a young woman from a distant land to return to marry a stranger. Abraham trusted in God’s promises and assured the servant of His faithfulness. He then told the servant if the girl were unwilling to come, he would be released from the vow.

When the servant arrived in the town of Nahor, he called to the God of his master and asked for a sign so that he would know of the LORD’s faithfulness. Rebecca was the answer to his prayer. The servant did not know the God of Abraham but trusted his master’s word and set out on the journey. When he arrived and found everything as Abraham expected, he realized that the LORD is faithful.

Rebecca’s family wanted time to think about the situation, but the servant answered, “Don’t hinder me, since Yahweh has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” The servant left his master and went to the strange land unsure if he would be successful, but when he got there, he followed the word of his master and trusted in the faithfulness of God and His promises. From there, God guided his footsteps into a successful outcome. The servant could have easily followed his own ideas. Abraham was old, near death. If Isaac were not married before he died, he would never know the outcome of the journey. Yet, he was obedient and honored his master’s wishes. In Nahor, he found the LORD to be faithful and succeeded in his task.

Even though I know every road in my path is under construction, I refused to believe that the instructions from GPS because I thought I knew a better way. We often do the same with our spiritual journey. We turn to pastors, teachers, and other faithful servants of God to hear what they have to say; yet we go on our own way. In our own faith journey, God often provides signs to help us along the way. He does not leave us frustrated, confused and wandering. We simply must trust in His promises and seek His guidance along the way. He will prove to be faithful every time.

The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.

The Birth of our Saviour

The Story of our Saviour's Passion

The Crucifixion, a fictional perspective

When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.

The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.

You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes