Daily Nourishment

Saturday, September 24, 2022
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Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (NKJV)

Because of my previous experience in raising pigeons, I have a real eye for them, and love having them around. We have a bird feeder behind our house, so, when one day a pigeon showed up, we were thrilled. We kept hoping that more would come, and sure enough, they did. Now, early in the morning, as soon as the feed is out, they arrive, almost without fail. It appears that the word has spread. We have counted as many as seven at one time. They seem to know the time of day. They have a routine, and they show up right on schedule for their daily nourishment.

Most of us have routines as well, with regular times to get up, eat, go to work, and do what needs to be done. More importantly, many of us have daily Bible routines, which are meaningful to us, and like our pigeons, we get our daily spiritual nourishment. Many of us follow a regular Bible reading plan. There are more than five thousand of us who read the PresbyCan Daily Devotional every day. Various church organizations and denominations put out numerous devotional booklets, which people all over the world read on a regular basis.

The people of Israel were told to be faithful to the laws which Moses had received from God, words which can be applied to our devotional and worship time.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 – And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (NKJV)

In a letter to his young friend, Timothy, Paul tells him how important Scripture is:

2 Timothy 3:14-15 – But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation which is in Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

Let us take seriously Paul's recommendation of the Scriptures. The Word of God is powerful, like a two-edged sword, and it is important that we know what it says and what it can do. Let us make sure to go to it daily, like the pigeons go to the feeder, for our daily nourishment.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You for Your Word passed on from generation to generation, and for those who translated the Scriptures into languages that we can understand. Grant us an insatiable desire to read these words of truth. We offer this prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Joel. Blessings.

    Thanks, Joel, for the good advice.

    Ongoing thanks for your devotions.

    Thanks, Joel. Isn’t it amazing how we can see God’s messages anywhere and through almost any source?

    God critters are much more mindful than us humans. Why are we so surprised by this mystery? Blessings Joel.

    Very inspirational Joel. I love the visual of the pigeons. Being a visual learner, I will remember and share this message. Thanks.

    Greetings Joel and many thanks for another of your very special devotionals. Yes, something we need do every day is seek the nourishment of God’s word. It helps us in so many ways throughout daily experiences and especially as it guides us in the way we connect with other people. Blessings for these special writings you do.

    HI Joel,
    Thanks for your devotional and the info about the pigeons. I have been thinking about the hummingbird story. These birds have flown south; something within their systems tells them it is time to go; just as I hope something within us says it is time to turn to Christ.

    Amen Joel.
    We used to have some doves here, which l really enjoyed. But over the years they have slowly disappeared, probably due to the many hawks. I miss hearing them in the mornings.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    I love my pigeons too. I had a feeder on the roof beside my enclosed sunroom. First two to come I named Dick and Jane. I was a kindergarten teacher, so my new friends were named after favourite story book characters. Sometimes I would have a group also. They would start to gather every morning same time. Three times a sick or wounded pigeon has come to find me and sit beside me in my rocking chair on our front porch. I would pray for them, feed, and water them and leave them in God’s hands.
    Thank you for your writing today. Touched me and I was blessed.

    Good morning, Joel,
    It is nice to know that some people enjoy pigeons at their feeders. I have heard lots of complaints from friends who feel the pigeons empty the feeder too fast and leave a big mess. I don’t feed the birds but provide water for them. Quite a few birds come to the bird bath to drink or to bathe. The largest birds I get are mourning doves and blue jays.
    On topic, I was happy to hear that over 5,000 people read the PresbyCan devotionals every day. I definitely appreciate the people who are skilled and willing to write devotionals to nourish the rest of us. I know that I start my day in a good place when I have read my devotionals, a little of God’s Word and made my gratitude list. Praying for God’s guidance helps me to recognize how I can hopefully make a small difference in God’s world and shine His light.
    Thank you for your faithful contributions which are well thought out and presented in a helpful way. Blessings.

    What a nice way to begin a day with this devotional. I too love pigeons because they add a calmness to my life. And likewise your devotional brings a settledness to my thoughts about having a routine for Bible, and other devotional and study type reading. Thank you.

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