Category: Devotionals

Is There a Doctor in the House?

By , September 22, 2017

“…you are worthless physicians, all of you!”
Job 13:4

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In the early 1970’s there was a TV comedy called, Is there a doctor in the house? It is the story of a doctor in a small town who hires a newly graduated doctor without realising the M.D. is a woman. He dislikes women and the series revolves around how he copes with a female doctor in his practice.

In other words, my title today is certainly not original. If you watch drama movies you will also come across this question in some scenes of medical emergencies. In the right context it is a most appropriate question to ask.

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Promises, Promises

By , September 21, 2017

Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return.
They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
Isaiah 35:10

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Many of us have listened spell-bound as a fast talking salesperson praises the virtues of the product he/she is selling. Some salespeople are so good we begin wondering how we have managed to live so long without the thing they seek to sell us.

Great promises are made to us about how this thing will save us time, help us sleep like babies at night—or whatever else their product is designed to do. The salesperson will tell  us this is our lucky day and he/she will close with some line like, “Would you like to take this one home with you or can we ship it to your front door at a minimal cost?”

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“As sure as death and taxes” — Benjamin Franklin (1789)

By , September 20, 2017

“The Lord appeared to us…saying:
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

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We live in a world of uncertainty. As we listen to the political rhetoric of national leaders whose countries have thermonuclear bombs at their disposal we can easily become paranoid.

The push of a button can begin a global war almost beyond our imaginations with its horrors. Magazines tell us about super bacteria that appears to be resistant to the antibiotics at our disposal. Too little sleep, too much stress, poor diet and various other things can weaken our immune system.

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Arenaria bryophylla

By , September 19, 2017

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today,
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
Luke 12:27-28 (NIV)

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“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” Matthew 10:29 (NIV)

The highest flowering plant in the world is the Arenaria bryophylla. It grows so high (over 20,000 feet above sea level) that few people ever see it other than skilled mountain climbers. Yet it displays the artistic glory of the Lord regardless of who does or does not see it or appreciate its beauty.

Jesus was making a very important point when He referred to the beautiful flowers that grace the fields around us when we walk in the great outdoors. And when you consider the Lord’s pleasure in flowers as seen in their beautiful garb, you get a much better perspective on how much the Lord is concerned for you and your daily needs like clothing.

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Jesus Knows Everything

By , September 18, 2017

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”
Psalm 139:1-4 (NIV)

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“The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’” John 21:17 (NIV)

Peter denied his Saviour three times the night of the betrayal. So after the resurrection Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Jesus’ resurrection appearances prior to this one show Peter having been present three times (Luke 24:34; John 20:19-25; John 20:26-31).

We know nothing of what was discussed by the Lord to Peter when Jesus visited Peter alone the day of the resurrection (Luke 24:34). We marvel at how gracious our Lord was to His humiliated disciple to meet with him one on one. Peter’s denial was public but the restoration was private. Can you stay away from the One you have offended when He shows such love and mercy? If you need restoration He patiently waits for you to return to the One Who died and rose again for you.

I believe that it is so often the case that He is more willing to embrace you that you are to turn once more to Him. Do not forget that He knows all that is in your heart. He who formed you in your mother’s womb understands your frail nature. “for he knows how we are formed he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14 (NIV)

There is such a ring of authenticity to Peter’s comment to His Master when he said, “Lord you know everything, you know I love you.” It was not the degree of Peter’s love but the fact he had any love for the Master. The pain Peter felt when Jesus asked him the third time about his love makes it clear the disciple truly loved the Good Shepherd.

Each time Peter confessed his love for Jesus, the Saviour commissioned him to tend His sheep. So, while Peter had fallen dreadfully by doing what he had so vigorously pledged he would never do (John 13:37), Jesus restored him to a ministry as a shepherd of His flock.

What more encouragement do you need to return to the One who loves you and gave Himself for you? Listen to His beautiful invitation:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30)

Come and come now.