A daily Devotional to strengthen your relationship with God!
God sees you beyond appearances
But the Lord said to Samuel: Do not be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. People look at appearances, but I look at the heart.
(1 Samuel 16: 7)
When Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his sons as king of Israel, at first the prophet looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed.”
Samuel, despite serving God with excellence, thought that Eliab - being a person of good appearance - would be the person qualified to perform such function. This type of judgment is common in human beings, but God works differently. God is able to search the heart and he knows the potential that each one has within him.
For God, the most important thing is a heart willing to be molded by Him. The Lord empowers whom He chooses and this is what happened with David. God rejected Eliab and chose the little son “handsome, dark, and of good appearance.” Even though he was the youngest in the house, God trained David day after day to be a great instrument in His hands.
Therefore, it is important that you have a heart ready to receive God’s instruction without worrying only about appearances. Others may not recognize the real value in you, but God knows how much you are worth. In due course He will lift you up and empower you. In this way everyone will recognize what God has done in your life and you yourself will perceive how much you have grown thanks to the work of God.
The Lord sees the heart:
- There are certain challenges that appear to be greater than our ability to meet them. Go to God in prayer and keep your heart open to his instruction. He will enable you to overcome all challenges.
- As we gain experience we must keep our eyes and ears attentive to God. Let your experiences help you to be more captivated by the Lord.
- A heart always ready to learn is a life ready to grow in Christ. Remember that Jesus came into the world and was a servant of God. Serve him from the heart and receive his training to fulfill your life’s mission and purpose. By doing so your life will be filled with grace, love, joy, abundance, and Divine ecstacy.
Lord Jesus, I want to learn more about you. Do your work in me. I may not have all the skills required of me, but I know that you train whoever you choose. I want to grow under your direction. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Two ways of living
But my righteous will live by faith. And if he goes back, it won’t be to my liking.
In essence, there are two ways of living: one, according to God’s will and the other, according to our own will. If we live under ours we will see pride, worldliness, independence, lack of love, and inconstancy. On the contrary, to live by faith is to fulfill the purpose of the Father without thinking backward. It is living to the end, a life that counts, on the path of faith in Christ.
That is the way. With God there is no middle ground! Choosing Jesus, the author of our faith, may not be the easiest. The way is narrow and challenging, but it is the best we can do. God will be pleased with your faithfulness.
Have you thought about backing out?
Many times we get frustrated or sad for various reasons. God does not deceive anyone. He didn’t promise it would be easy and in some moments it won’t be. When you feel that this is the case, remember that, by faith, the strong hands of God will always be there to protect you, sustain you and comfort you. Even so, if you decide to follow Him, you need to be faithful to the end without failing.
- Decide to follow Christ in the good times and the bad times of life.
- Deny yourself your individuality and give up selfishness.
- Leave everything in the hands of God, trusting in His Word.
- Don’t give up your faith in Jesus, keep going. This will please the Lord.
Lord, I want to choose your way of life. I want to walk by faith in your promises, trusting that your will is the best for my life. Help me keep going when I think about giving up. Don’t ever let me look back, O Lord. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Devotional for the day before yesterday
From the ends of the earth I call upon you, for my heart fails; take me to a rock where I am safe.
(Psalm 61: 2)
You may have heard of the great tragedy caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Thousands of people were taken by surprise and lost their lives due to the great wave that devastated Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and other countries. There are times in our life when we are also surprised by large and overwhelming waves that hit our fragile structure. These are difficult situations that are beyond our control. Where do we take refuge in those times of trouble?
The psalmist gives a valid answer for our times of despondency and suffering: trust in the “Eternal Rock.” Yes, Jesus Christ is the highest and strongest rock where we are safe. If we are safely anchored in that rock, even when winds, storms, and earthquakes come, we will be safe. Do not fear, God is always with you and you can take refuge in Him (Isaiah 26: 4).
Affirm yourself in Jesus Christ
- Whatever difficulty you are facing, God is almighty. Cry out to Him in faith.
- Pray and ask the Lord Jesus to sustain you in faith during that situation.
- Don’t be downcast, trust that God can sustain you now and forever.
- Share your afflictions with one or two prayer partners and ask them to pray for you.
- Strengthen your spirit through daily Bible reading and constant prayer. God is present!
O God, you are the Eternal Rock! Help me in this hour. Sustain my life in you. May my feet be firm on the rock that is taller than me. You, O Lord, are my strength every day. You have power over all things so help me, because I am small and weak. I depend on you, I trust your protection and your grace. Thank you because you hear me and help me. In the name of Jesus, amen.
What is the Daily Devotional?
The Daily Devotional is a special moment of the day that you dedicate to have a precious time of communion with God. It is very easy to establish an exciting routine of discovery and spiritual growth. You will achieve this by setting aside a moment each day to draw closer to the Lord. During the Devotional you will read a verse from the Bible with a meditation on the text. Then you will meditate on the teachings and how to apply them in your life. In the end, you will be able to pray.
How to make your daily devotional?
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of reading the biblical message during your Daily Devotional:
- Set aside a moment and choose a specific place: your devotional moment will be more profitable if you put aside the hustle and bustle and invest in a pleasant time alone with God.
- Read the verse or passage carefully: develop a lifestyle committed to the Word of God every day and avoid distractions.
- Read the Daily Meditation: reflect and try to understand God’s purpose for your life through the comments.
- Practical application: write down your discoveries and do not forget to put into practice everything you have learned through the Bible.
- Share what you learned: Try to share with others through your daily conversations and interactions, what God teaches you in your daily quiet times.
Don’t forget the importance of living a life totally committed to the Word of God!