Devos of the Week: Psalm 80:3, 7, and 19

“Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” “Restore” has to do with fixing something that has been broken, in this case, “us.” “Shine” has to do with a seeming lack of God’s presence in the midst of current circumstances. “Being saved” often involves both some restorative work in us and the obvious presence of God that makes such restoration possible. What seems broken in your life these days that needs restoring? In what areas of life do you need to see God’s presence and the difference He makes? Restore Lord, Shine Lord, that we may be saved.

Devos of the Week: Psalm 19:1-4

“The heavens are telling the glory of God…their voice goes out through all the earth.” God speaks to us through all that He has made.  Created things are not god, but they do give us clues to what the Creator is like just as the painting, song, poem and sculpture tell us something of the artist.  When you stop to observe and notice what God has created, what do you hear of His voice?  When have you stood still long enough to hear God’s voice through His creation?  Lord Jesus, speak and help me to listen.

Devos of the Week: Joshua 1:2

“Now proceed…” Joshua 1:2 is reminder to the “next generation” that God’s purpose transcend the generation that is aging and dying and that he calls leaders from the next generation to “proceed” with faithfulness with God mission and purposes in sight.  How does this verse compare with Jesus’ words “Go into all the world,” in Matthew 28:18-20? God, what is it that you are calling me to “proceed” with and to “go” to these days.  Strengthen me to live for you and your purposes. Amen.

Devos of the Week: Joshua 1:1

“After the death of Moses…the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’assistant…” The promises of God transcend my life and generation.  In an individualistic culture and society we are tempted to look for how God’s promises relate and are “relevant” to our personal lives. God’s promises from the beginning have reached to all people on the earth, through all times.   Why does this truth matter?  Who assists in my life and ministry today, who are the ones the Lord may speak to about leading his work and ministry next? Lord, help me to trust your eternal promises and invest in the people of the next generation. 

Devos of the Week: Psalm 63

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” How earnest is my “seek”?  Does my soul thirst? Do I feel it in my body? Have I come to find there is no water except the Jesus, the Living Water?  What do I thirst for more than anything in life?  Quench the deepest thirst of my soul, O God. Lead me to refreshment from the deep wells found only in you.

Devos of the week: Luke 2:49

“Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Jesus’ early learning at the temple was characterized by sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.  Seeking God among his people and those who reflected deeply on God and his ways caused Jesus to amaze people with his understanding. As Christians people could we learn more by sitting, listening and asking questions?  Who do I sit with? To whom do I listen? What kinds of questions am I asking these days? – May we grow in wisdom and statue with both God and man, O Lord.

Devos of the Week: Colossians 4:3

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door…so we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”  The Apostle Paul saw every situation, good or bad, as an opportunity for the message of Christ to go forward.  A closed jail door became a door to God’s purposes. Chains became a proof of faith. How do I see the situations of my life?  As closed doors or open doors? As part of my purposes or God’s purposes?  Let me see all situations through your eyes, O God.

Devos of the Week: Psalm 17

“Hear me, Lord, my plea is just…” The Psalmist is confident the Lord God will answer his prayer (vs. 6) because his prayer does not flow from sin, evil, or violence; rather his prayer comes from a righteousness that follows in the ways of the Lord. Do you think there is prayer that is unjust? How so? Does God hear unjust prayers?  Can we confidently pray if we are consciously walking a different way than the way of God?  Save us Holy Spirit from faulty religion, presumption, and unjust prayers. Teach us to pray!

Devos of the Week: Psalm 13

“How long, Lord…How long will you hide your face from me?” Sometimes simple prayers are the best, the most honest, the most desperate for God. In recent weeks, with news stories, social media, and most unsettling events, I find myself quieted before God and crying out with simple prayers.  What is your simple prayer today?  “Though we do not see You sometimes, cause us to trust in your unfailing love and salvation.”

Devos of the Week: Mark 2:27

“Jesus said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” For those of you who follow this weekly blog, forgive me. Over the past few months I have needed a Sabbath from all my work. This blog has been weekly for over 5 years now so I hope a short break was not too much of an inconvenience.   As I begin again let me draw your minds and hearts to Jesus’ words.  Why was Sabbath made for humans? What need does it fill and how does it rest fill it?  How’s your weekly Sabbath going these days?  Jesus, thank you that beyond rules to follow, you care for our holistic health and thriving; grant us the Sabbath rest we need. Amen.