Daily Devotion Monday, January 20

Monday, January 20, 2014 – Psalm 135; Genesis 7:1-10, 17-23 & Genesis 8:6-22; Hebrews 4:14-5:6 and John 2:23-3:15

Genesis 7:1-10, 17-23 – 1Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. 2Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; 3and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth. 4For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” 5And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Genesis 8:6-22 – 6At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; 9but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. 10He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; 11and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.

The other day I saw a sign which said; “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” What I hear in that is we need to pay attention to God’s word during the good days in order to be prepared for bad days. What’s it say to you?

Someone sent me the cartoon picture of the woodpeckers on the ark. Guess they must have behaved themselves for the forty days and nights.

In the reading from Genesis 8, what stood out to me was Noah’s patience in not rushing out of the ark. Noah and his family waited at least a month to get out of the ark. Noah took his time so that they didn’t have to walk into the miry mud that a flood produces.

What this tells me is that we need to take our time when venturing forth with God. If we rush we may not be fully prepared and then get stuck in our own messiness. But if we’re patient and truly prepare to depart with God, God will help prepare us and those going with us.

John 2:23-3:15 – 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

A prayer I have for each of us is that we can be truly born from above, born of God. For me this isn’t a onetime event, but a moment by moment event as we trust in God. When born from above, we can see life from God’s perspective, instead of the perspective of the world. So, today, seek to be born of God and let God guide you in all your ways.

And here’s an assurance we have from God’s word as it comes to us from our reading from Hebrews.

Hebrews 4:14-5:6 – 14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Thanks be to God, that Jesus can sympathize with us in our weakness, and then guide us through His strength.

May we praise God and seek to bless God, not only today but throughout our life.

Psalm 135 – 1   Praise the LORD!
Praise the name of the LORD;
give praise, O servants of the LORD,  …

4   For the LORD has ….

19  O house of Israel, bless the LORD!
O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!
20  O house of Levi, bless the LORD!
You that fear the LORD, bless the LORD!

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