Don’t Talk; Connect
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Joy in Sorrow
At some time in life all of us feel the loneliness of sorrow. Mary and Martha were saddened by the death of their brother, Lazarus, and Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Theirs was a loneliness of sorrow. The shortest verse in the Bible tells us that at the tomb of Lazarus “Jesus wept.” He enters into our sorrows.
When we come to Jesus Christ, He does not promise to exempt us from trouble or sorrow. Tears will come, but deep inside there will be a joy that is difficult to explain to you. It is a joy from God—produced by the Holy Spirit. In the midst of trials and agony and tears which come to us all, a supernatural power is given out, producing joy.
Your comfort in times of sorrow, loving Lord Jesus, enfolds me, giving light and hope in my darkness.
“On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.”
Cushion of the Sea
Click below to listen to today's devotional
We face the identical temptation that Mordecai and Esther faced as recorded in the book of Esther. Our society permits all beliefs except an exclusive one. The incontestable value of Western culture is tolerance. Ironically, the champions of tolerance are intolerant of a religion like Christianity that adheres to one Savior and one solution to the human problem.
In such moments God’s message to us is clear: remember your name. Friend, you are the presence of Jesus in this world. You are an eternal being, destined for an eternal home. A citizen of heaven. Secured by Christ for eternity. The devil can’t touch you. The world can’t possess you. What people think about you matters not one whit. You belong to your heavenly Father – you remember that.
Click below to listen to today's devotional
Early in the Book of Esther we read these words: “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so” (Esther 2:10). The polytheistic Persians did not require their conquered peoples to give up their gods but they had to worship the Persian gods too. The Jews were to worship Jehovah God only. So, the question of Psalm 137:4 is the question of the book of Esther. “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” How does a person of faith live in a faithless world?
Mordecai and Esther initially created a world of hidden identity. You know, the compulsion to hide our identity as children of God affects us all. At work, at school, or in the bowling league. But at some point, each of us has to figure out who we are and what that identity means for our lives.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Are you mourning, believer, because your spiritual life is so weak, because your faith is so small, your love so feeble?
Cheer up because you have reason to be grateful. Remember that in some things you are equal to the greatest and most mature Christian.
You are as much purchased with blood as he is.
You are just as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely justified, for your justification is not a matter of degree: Your little faith has made you clean every bit.
You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your right to covenant mercies does not lie in your growth but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure but the token of your inheritance in Him.
You are as rich as the richest—if not in enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the sun. In the family register of heaven, the small and the great are written with the same pen.
- You are as dear to your Father’s heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender toward you.
You are like the faintly burning wick; a rougher spirit would say, “Put out that useless flame; it fills the room with an offensive odor!” But the feeble wick He will not quench. You are like a bruised reed, and any less tender hand than that of the Chief Musician would tread upon you or throw you away; but He will never break the bruised reed. So instead of being downcast by reason of what you are, you should rejoice in Christ. Am I but small and feeble in the vast company of believers? Yet in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly places. Am I poor in faith? Yet in Jesus I am heir of all things. I do not need to boast or elevate myself; even as an infant in Christ I will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the God of my salvation.
Blessed Are Peacemakers
In a materialistic world which has tried to sever diplomatic relations with God, we have nowhere to retreat except within ourselves. We are like turtles in a traffic jam—the best we can do is to pull our heads into our shells and shut our eyes. But that’s a good way to get the life crushed out of us, as any dead turtle can attest.
Man’s conflict with man has been but an expression on the human level of his conflict with God. Until man finds an armistice with God, he cannot know peace with his fellowman. If we are to be peacemakers, we first must make our peace with God.
In Jesus’ name, I have found peace with You, Father. My soul praises Your holy name.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”
Don’t Talk; Connect by Pastor Chuck Swindoll Scriptures: Proverbs 17:27–28 An old aphorism states, “’Tis better to remain silent and be t...
October 31 Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwe...
The NIV 365-Day Devotional Reading Plan Day 222 of 365 Countercultural Lifestyle Scripture points to an intimate connection...
Biblical Patience “Walk . . . with patience” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Patient Christians endure negative circumstances, cope with diffic...