God is love. We hear that all the time. But what does that mean? Today’s devotional, reposted from Faithgateway.com, shares an idea of what part of that love might look like fleshed out.
Imagine living in the ancient Near East in 1500 BC. You’re a Hebrew, formerly a slave in Egypt, now traipsing through the desert around Mount Sinai.
You inhabit a spiritually charged universe of “gods” and “goddesses.” And these divine beings are anything but nice. Read any ancient text. The gods were mean — finicky and capricious and ready to fly off the handle at the slightest infraction.
So, you made sacrifices. Naturally. To keep the gods off your back. Or maybe to get the gods on your side. At first it was a bird or a goat. Then you ratchet up to a bull. But eventually they might ask for your child. Maybe even your firstborn.
Anybody remember History of World Civilization class from freshman year? Think of the story of Troy. It takes place around the sameread more
Rejection is a dreadful thing, and living in fear of being rejected is even worse, constantly waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop. When a person has been scarred by a lifetime of rejection it can be just about impossible for them to believe that there could really be someone out there who will never ever reject them, never leave or forsake them. Today’s devotional shares a powerful picture of the love that will not reject us or let us go.
“Jimmy Wayne never knew his father. His mom spent more time in prison than out. When he was twelve years old, she was released from jail”and took up with a troublemaker. They loaded Jimmy into the backseat of the Olds Delta 88, and for a year the car was his home. “It had bench seats and smelled like body odor,” remembers Jimmy. They drove from city to city, avoiding the police.
After miles of drifting they dumped Jimmy in the parking lot of a Pensacola, Florida, bus station and drove off. He was thirteen years old. He had no home. No future. No provision. One day while wandering through a neighborhood, he spotted an older man who was at work in a garage wood shop.
He approached the elderly gentleman and asked if the man had any read more
Many of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. It was one of the first scripture passages we memorized as kids in vacation Bible school or Sunday School. Today’s devotional brings us back to this comforting psalm to remind us of God’s loving care for each of us.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. — John 10:11
A bad shepherd lets his sheep stray. He neglects the flock, allowing the sheep to graze in bad fields or experience life-threatening thirst. He beats the lambs to teach submission and obedience. He isn’t alert to predators, allowing them to get too close to the sheep. Clearly, he doesn’t care much about the welfare of his sheep.
But Jesus is the opposite, rightly calling Himself the good Shepherd. When a sheep strays, He goes out looking for that wanderer, searching until He finds it and rejoicing when He does. He stays up during the read more
Pretty much anyone who is alive and breathing has been or will be wounded by another person at one point or another in their lives. It’s an ugly, messy, and painful business particularly when the one doing the wounding is one of God’s people. If you’ve been wounded and are tempted to chuck the whole mess and get out of Dodge please take some time to read today’s devotional by Ann Graham Lotz on Faithgateway.com and rethink your current escape plan.
“I know by experience what David knew. Prayer can help heal your hurt. It can take the sting away. One reason is that it can help put your wounding in perspective. When I focus on God and who He is, my wounders don’t seem so intimidating and my hurt somehow becomes smaller.
So may I encourage you? Put the brakes on any runaway mental conversations you may be having with those who have wounded you. If you don’t, and those sharp words careen recklessly across the highway of your healing journey, your wounded heart and life are going to end up as something like splattered roadkill. At the very least, you will read more
Today’s devotional offers a fresh look at the lengths – or depths – that Jesus went to in order to redeem us. All of us. Including you regardless of who you are or what you have or have not done.
Picture a woman who is about to rappel down the side of a tall cliff. Before taking off down the rock’s face, she will first make certain that the rope is long enough to reach the bottom. If the top of the cliff is one hundred feet high, she is going to ensure that she has more than one hundred feet of free rope hanging over the side. In order for her to complete her journey, she has to be able to reach the bottom. If the rope is long enough to reach the mountain’s floor, it is sufficient to reach every other part of the journey.
When Jesus left the high cliffs of Heaven and came down to earth, He showed us that the rope of His reach is read more
Today’s devotional by Max Lucado presents a vivid object lesson that demonstrates in a fresh way what Jesus has done for us.
But Christ without guilt… took upon Himself our punishment, in order that He might thus expiate our guilt, and do away with our punishment. — Augustine For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. — 1 Peter 3:18 NIV This is the mystery of the richesa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/will-give-robe/’ title=’Read more’ …/a
No, this isn’t one of those tests to determine something about your love life or who you will marry or even what your love language is. Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan urges the listener to gauge their love for others by the criteria listed in what is known as the “Love Chapter” 1 Corinthians 13. Click on the arrow to listen to the message. We’ve also added a PDF copy of the test so you can take it, too.