Daily Devotion Tuesday, February 4

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 – Psalm 12; Genesis 21:1-21; Hebrews 11:13-22 and John 6:41-51

John 6:41-51 – 48I am the bread of life. …. 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.”

What type of bread do you enjoy with your meal? I prefer whole wheat bread. I understand it’s better for me too. Yet the bread I eat may nourish me yet only for a brief time.

Yesterday morning Mackenzie said she was full. She’d eaten most of the scrambled eggs but still had some left and I knew she’d be hungry in a half hour. So I encouraged her to eat a little more. But grandpa, I’m full. She did and then was hungry again in an hour. And so was I. So, we had an early morning snack.

The food/bread we eat will satisfy us for a short while. The bread of life offered us through Jesus Christ sustains us now and forever as we trust in him. Jesus is the living bread sent down from heaven. May we put our faith and trust in Jesus, who nourishes our very soul.

Here’s a couple of other thoughts for us to consider.

Psalm 12 – 6   The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure,
silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

The promises of God are purer than anything and longer lasting than anything. God’s promises are sure and lasting forever.

Hebrews 11:13-22 – 17By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18of whom he had been told, “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” 19He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead — and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, “bowing in worship over the top of his staff.” 22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.

By faith the people of old lived out their faith. By faith we too can live our days as we trust and believe in God.

O God, I give thanks today not only for the daily bread you give unto me, but for the living bread you offer and give through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me find ways to share your eternal promises and gifts with others. May your healing touch be upon those whom I name and even those I don’t name. Bring them healing and wholeness. With more storms coming our way, keep safe all who have to work out on our roads; the road crews, fireman, policeman, EMT, first responders. Keep them safe,  O God. Amen.

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