Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "At The Foot Of The Cross"1 (Lyrics)
At the start of each year, it has been and continues to be my practice to revisit the routines for my quiet time with the Lord.
Over the years, I have journaled after reading a daily portion of the holy Bible. I have also underlined meaningful Scripture verses in one of the many versions. With the recent digital revolution, I have read, underlined, journaled, and studied electronically. All these various ways enable me to come up with practical demonstrations of God's Word in my life as I challenge myself with the appropriate life applications. There are many ways to avail ourselves of the insights from the wisdom of the ages — the Bible.
In the book of Romans, we read the following advice from a Christian missionary whose life was impacted by God's wisdom and Word. Here is what Paul the apostle wrote:
Romans 12:9-10 – Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. (NKJV)
There are more dynamite verses that follow these ones. But these two verses contain for Christians some great challenges to accept in 2017. Can you imagine the impact upon others if we embraced, in practical ways, these gems from God's Word? As followers of Jesus, these two verses should be visible in our daily lives. That is the purpose and blessing of a daily quiet time: God's Word becomes evident to ourselves and to others. May God be glorified as we plod on through each new day.
Prayer: Eternal God, highest in the heavens, You are the all-wise, all-knowing Creator. We are grateful for Your faithfulness in the past year and continue to appreciate Your faithfulness and daily blessings. We humbly acknowledge that only You can help us to excel as we long to have our souls revived through the impact of Your Word. Thank You for Your trustworthy statutes. May we — body, soul, and spirit — embrace Your wisdom for life. May Your Word show in our daily lives. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.