Daily Devotion Tuesday, January 7

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 – Psalm 148; Deuteronomy 8:1-3; Colossians 1:1-14 and John 6:30-33, 48-51

Today I invite you to get up and get a piece of bread, any type of bread and have it before you as you participate in today’s daily devotion.  ……

With this bread before you or in my case beside me, hear God’s word to us today.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 – 1This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live … one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

John 6:30-33, 48-51 – 48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The bread we have before us will nourish us for this day, or at the least till our next meal. I can’t say I have bread with every meal but I do at most meals.  Today it’s a potato biscuit and a Pumpkin muffin both of which Phyllis made. I cannot live by this bread alone. Nor can you, we need more than just bread and even the eggs, meat, vegetables we eat cannot sustain us for long.

What really sustains us, nourishes us, gives us real life and the promise of eternal life is trusting in God who blesses us with the food we eat and blessed us with His Son Jesus Christ. We’re really nourished and given life as we abide in God’s word to us.

One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

This is one reason I strive to be diligent in my daily devotions, it is by God’s word to me that I am nourished and guided in life. It is through his word to me that I sense that it is in Him that I find real life. So, I strive to abide in God’s word and be truly nourished; mind and soul with God’s word.

How does God’s word nourish you, help you have real life?

Well, my pumpkin muffin is gone and my potato biscuit is almost gone. These will nourish me for a while, but God’s word nourishes me for life.

In our reading today from Colossians, I find the reason I post my daily devotions on the church’s Pastor’s Blog and send them out to each of you.

Colossians 1:1-14 – 9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.

It is my prayer that as we participate in the reading and hearing of God’s word that we all can grow in the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. That is my prayer.

Psalm 148 – Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and women alike,
old and young together!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.

Praise! Praise the Lord!

O God, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my (our) heart(s) be acceptable to you, O Lord, my (our) rock and my (our) redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) And may the bread of life, namely Jesus Christ and His word to us, truly nourish and nurture each of us as we seek to grow in faith and faithfulness. Amen.

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