Wednesday, March 17, 2021

CONTENTMENT

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 7-8

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheatre in Bet Guvrin at the Maresha National Park in Israel.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 8:5

…and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

Throughout history there seems to be a pattern that repeats itself over and over. We don’t learn well from history. There were the sons of Eli, and now the sons of Samuel. In each case the next generation failed to serve the God of their fathers faithfully. Surely they knew the consequences of their actions; nevertheless they failed. There is a strong tendency in us all to act as the popular song says, “I did it my way.” We’ve all heard little children say, “No! Me do!” It is my fervent desire that this daily blog will help us all say, “Yes! God’s way!”
God’s way did not satisfy the majority of the Israelites. He wanted to be their King, and it seemed to work very well for the people. They were prosperous. They were safe from oppression by their enemies all the days when Samuel functioned as their judge, before they had a king. But they were not content. The Scripture says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, may I be given grace every day to be content. You are my King, my absolute Monarch. I want to obey You in all things. I receive my instructions from You. I pray that I will steadfastly resist the pressures to conform to the world around me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

For my personal devotions I’ve just read Romans 8:26-30 and also Romans 11:25-36/ Romans 12:1-2. The answer to the human problem of being faithful to God is here. It takes a positive and a negative charge to release electrical power. So it is with the release of the power of God in my life. Positive – “Be conformed to the image of His Son.” Negative – “Do not be conformed to this world.” Again I think of the electrical analogy. We have a built-in transformer. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Not long ago, as I drove along Burnt Hills Road just north of Kingston, an electrical storm was raging. Lightening hit a transformer and it exploded in front of me. Of course, everyone’s lights went out in the area. There is a storm raging all around, a storm that can knock out my connection to God’s power. I count on God’s power crew, the Word and the Spirit, to be on hand constantly to keep me in complete union with Him.

Yours for a constant flow, without interruption, of God’s power,

David

P.S. In 2012 I was given a life expiry date of two years (Mayo Clinic and Juravinski Clinic). My “best before” month was March, 2014. I often told my family, “I’m indestructible until God is finished with me in this life.”  Thanks for your prayers!

The view from walking in the tunnels of the amphitheatre ruins in Bet Guvrin at the Maresha National Park in Israel.

19 thoughts on “Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  1. Strong scripture and message, today, and great historical photos. Jesus, Your cloak is what we cling to. We praise You and glorify You above all names. For You, alone, are Holy. You alone are to be praised. Wishing all saints a blessed day. Holding Irene and Ger, Edna and Doreen, Luisa and Joseph, and HJR, in prayer, today. Amen.

    Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:30 NKJV

    Third Day- King of Glory with lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqo-adRyM_k

    • Amen Beverlee and thank you for the gospel
      song with lyrics. Just a beautiful, loving & uplifting
      rendition that touches the heart and soul.
      Praise our Lord God Almighty in whom we trust.

  2. Father God, thank You for the Truth that You are here with us and that You love us! Bless every one of Your people today in Jesus’s great name, amen

    “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).

  3. Thank you Beverly k for taking the time to pray for me and for anyone else who has offered up a prayer I called the prayer lines last night and I will be calling my church and I was talking to my present doctor and she was able to give me some doctors in the area that are taking new patients so I’m just looking up to God right now because I’ve been with my present doctor for for many many years and now to be in transition in finding not only a family doctor but also a new psychiatrist so thank you very much and God bless you all amen 🙏

  4. The family of my friend Edna are here now. She has opened her eyes but has shown no evidence of recognition (as was the case on Sunday when we found her). I do wonder where her spirit is at this time. She is a believer. Things will not be the same around here. She was always so friendly & welcoming to people (especially to new residents to our village). Thank you for your prayers. May God be close to all today (and us to Him). 🙏 Amen

  5. Great teaching today and photos. Was sensing someone was praying for me today. Thank you Beverlee for your prayers. Praying that the Lord will intervene for Edna. May God also intervene today in our nations so we may live peaceable, safe and quiet lives.

  6. Have the ingredients ready to make cabbage soup: cabbage, celery, onion, crushed roasted garlic, carrot, zucchini, turnip, diced canned tomatoes, oregano, basil, olive oil, butter, ground salt, ground pepper. Could you imagine eating a big bowl of soup and fresh home made bread, sitting around a huge dining room table together, fellow saints in the Lord? Praying one day, it will be so. Our Heavenly Father’s blessings upon you all. Joseph is in my heart and prayer, this moment. Amen.

    • Thank you very much for your prayers Beverlee! We are in great need of prayer as Joseph hasn’t been doing very well. In God we put our trust and confidence.
      God bless all bloggers.

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