Daily Devotion Thursday, August 30th

Thursday, August 30, 2012 – Psalm 147:12-20; Job 8:1-10, 20-22; Acts 10:17-33 and John 7:14-36

Job 8:1-10, 20-22 – 5If you will seek God and make supplication to the Almighty, 6if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore to you your rightful place.

If …

Acts 10:17-33 – 30Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. 31He said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33Therefore I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. So now all of us are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say.”

In Job we hear of one who had many life tragedies fall upon his family and upon him. One of his friends, Bildad the Shuhite, is saying to him; if you are pure and upright, surely then he(God) will rouse himself for you and restore to you your rightful place.” Problem was, Job was already pure and upright, and still these life tragedies had fallen upon his family and upon him.

Then in Acts we hear how God heard Cornelius’ prayers, the prayers of a gentile and answered his prayers by sending Peter to share the Good News of Christ. This was a turning point for both of them; Cornelius for he came to understand that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, sent unto him and all the world. A turning point for Peter for Peter learned that God’s love extended to the uncircumcised (Gentiles) as well it did to the circumcised (the Jews).

South Louisiana and Mississippi have once again been hit by a hurricane bringing much flooding to the region. I remember when Katrina hit and some “godly” men said that Katrina was God’s judgment upon the people of New Orleans and surrounding region. My friends that is what Job’s friends were doing unto him. Katrina and now Isaac affected many people, good and righteous people as well as those who may not know God. All are now once again crying out to God for help. May we God’s people hear the cries of those affected by the hurricane and reach out with God’s love, showering upon them the blessings God has given to us and that we can share with them.

When I read the passage from Job, I wrote down one word; if. When I’ve been affected by a personal or family tragedy, I’ve always asked myself;  if, I’d done thus or so; if, I not done or if I would do. But the bottom line is that God is with me as I reach out to him during the tragedies of life and as I reach out to him in the good times as well.

Friends, God sees us through the valleys of life and leads us to the mountain tops.

O God, be with the people of the coastal regions, watch over the first responders and those giving immediate assistance. Amen.

 Psalm 147:12-20 – 12  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
          Praise your God, O Zion!

Praise the Lord, O people of Forsyth!

Praise your God, all ye people of God!

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