Daily Devotion Tuesday, January 8

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – Psalm 47; Isaiah 59:15b-21; Revelation 2:8-17 and John 4:46-54

Revelation 2:8-17 – 8“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life: …..

12“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword: …17Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.”

Here’s a way you might begin your daily reading of God’s word.

And to you, (insert your own name): These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life. Then read what you are going to read from God’s word that day.

Here’s something that Bonheoffer has to say on reading God’s word, as God’s word to you.

A Necessary Daily Exercise

Why is it that my thoughts wander so quickly from God’s word, and that in my hour of need the needed word is often not there? Do I forget to eat and drink and sleep? Then why do I forget God’s word? Because I still can’t say what the psalmist says: “I will delight in your statutes” (Ps. 119:16). I don’t forget the things in which I take delight. Forgetting or not forgetting is a matter not of the mind but of the whole person, of the heart. I never forget what body and soul depend upon. The more I begin to love the commandments of God in creation and word, the more present they will be for me in every hour. Only love protects against forgetting. Because God’s word has spoken to us in history and thus in the past, the remembrance and repetition of what we have learned is a necessary daily exercise. Every day we must turn again to God’s acts of salvation, so that we can again move forward…. Faith and obedience live on remembrance and repetition. Remembrance becomes the power of the present because of the living God who once acted for me and who reminds me of that today.

“In our meditation we ponder the chosen text on the strength of the promise that it has something utterly personal to say to us for this day and for our Christian life, that it is not only God’s word for the Church, but also God’s word for us individually. We expose ourselves to the specific word until it addresses us personally. And when we do this, we are doing no more than the simplest, untutored Christian does every day; we read God’s word as God’s word for us.” (Bonhoeffer, Life Together)

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2011-03-21).
God Is In the Manger (Kindle Locations 985-1000).
Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

May you and I be personally encountered by God’s word today and each and every day. For it is God’s word to you, to me.

Word for Tuesday – kindness, find a way to show a special act of kindness to someone.

Read this the other day, thought it worth sharing.

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on one’s soul, and a beautiful image it is.
–Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

(Choosing kindness in one’s speech and actions is one of the highest exercises of freedom. Be alert for opportunities to do so this day.)

May we choose kindness throughout our day.

Psalm 47 – 1   Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
2   For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth. …

6   Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7   For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.

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