Daily Devotion Thursday, January 3rd

Thursday, January 3, 2013 – Psalm 111; Genesis 28:10-22; Hebrews 11:13-22 and John 10:7-17

Psalm 111 – 1   Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2   Great are the works of the LORD,
studied by all who delight in them.
3   Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever. …

9   He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.

Today is the 10th day of Christmas; a lot of the decorations have come down. The songs of Christmas have gone silent. Yet God’s word brings us back to the reality of what God has done and is doing. In sending his Son, God did send redemption to his people. In sending Jesus God commanded that through his great sacrifice God’s covenant be established forever. Great are the works of the Lord, and worthy of all praise.

In our reading from the gospel for today we hear;

John 10:7-17 – 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  …..  14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Thanks be to God for sending his Son, our Shepherd, our Savior, our Lord. By his great sacrifice we can have life; real life now and eternal life upon our death. Thanks be to God for this awesome promise given even now to all generations and all people. May we trust in God who offers us eternal life.

Today is Thursday, if you are continuing with reflections on the six words from Colossians, today you’ll focus with me on; meekness. Meekness is defined several ways; God fearing, righteous, humble, teachable and patient under suffering. I like God fearing the best, as this helps make us teachable before God. So, on Thursday, admit that you don’t do fully live up to God’s design for you and seek to be open to God teaching you this very day. In Psalm 111:10 we hear; 10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;  all those who practice it have a good understanding.  His praise endures forever. Today seek to be meek before the Lord in all things.

By the way, yesterday was humbleness; seeing yourself and whom you are with as equal in the eyes of God. I had many opportunities to practice that throughout my day.

O God, thank you for Jesus whom is our Good Shepherd, who was born in a humble manger and then laid down his life upon the cross for all His sheep. Throughout this day may I hold you in holy awe for you are God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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