Category: Devotionals

Handing It Over To The Lord

By , October 15, 2019

“He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.
1 Samuel 3:18 (NIV)

Young teen boy looking up

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The man who spoke the words of our verse, Eli, was losing his eyesight in his old age. He had served the Lord forty years as priest in the house of God. His family situation was sadly marred because of his sons’ sinful lives. They did not listen to their father’s ineffective rebuke.

Eli had been warned by the Lord that his adult sons were living in sin and so it came as no surprise to him when the Lord had the young Samuel, who lived with him, give him the message that his sons were going to be cut off because of their rebellion.

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Have You Tried “Self Talk”?

By , October 14, 2019

“…my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long,
‘Where is your God?’”
Psalm 42:11 (NIV)

Woman sitting alone

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As you read Psalm 42 you quickly realise that the writer is conflicted about his situation in life. It appears that he has been oppressed for some time and the situation has brought him to constant weeping. He says, in verse 3 (NIV),

“My tears have been my food day and night,” 

He recalls the days of joy and enthusiastic worship of the Lord that are now just history. At present he cannot find God.

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Is this life a journey or a destination for you?

By , October 12, 2019

“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and builder is God.”
Hebrews 11:10 (NIV)

country road

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I have fond memories of my childhood and travelling from one place to another in our old 1930 Buick. We had the oldest car in our neighbourhood and at times I would be embarrassed to be in it if my friends saw me. Our particular car did not have a heater or windshield defroster installed for use in winter.

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The Last Chapter Has Not Yet Been Written

By , October 11, 2019

See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven
always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:10 (NIV)

Girl facing the sunset with her back to the camera

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Today I received an urgent call from a dear friend of mine. He told me that a good friend of his had suffered the loss of one of his children.

Instantly my heart went out to the person whom I had never met. There is something especially obscene about the idea of a parent burying their child.

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Is Tragedy a Punishment for Sin?

By , October 10, 2019

“What do you have against me, man of God?
Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?
1 Kings 17:18 (NIV)

An old woman clasping her hands

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Over forty years ago I visited a lady who was very ill. As a new pastor I had little in my inventory of comments to make to a person who suffered so much. I had known her for years and realised that the frightened person before me bore little resemblance to the fun loving woman I had known.

She asked me what she had done to deserve such pain and suffering. I recall little of what I said on that occasion but I have visited many people since who find the same question on their lips in a time of sorrow.

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