Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The Life Raft
When we were children, my brothers would at times try to build a
floating raft, using spare boards and bits of rope. We watched many
dramatic films of life and death experiences aboard life rafts, with
sailors battling waves and storms and sharks in fear of their lives. We
craved those exciting stories for our own raft. There was always the quest
for adventure, for being rescued from being pulled under by the waves.
Jesus knew that while we are on earth, at times, we will doubt and
be afraid. Phrases like "do not be afraid" or "fear
not" appear 365 times in the Scriptures.
4:18a – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out
The fear that we feel can be replaced with the love,
strength of character, and clear thinking that His presence gives us.
Willpower alone can't help us to defeat our fears, but His love can.
His presence is the antidote to fear. Someone once said, Courage
isn't the absence of fear; it's going ahead and doing it
scared! When we make the choice to press on, even when everything seems
unsteady, like we did on our homemade raft, remember His words,
"Don't be afraid."
This is the best time to spend
time reading God's Word, taking in how much He loves us and has great
plans for our lives. When we believe in our hearts what He says, hanging
onto His life raft, the truth that we have tucked away in our hearts and
minds will come back to us when we encounter life's storms.
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love.
- Priscilla Jane Owens, 1882
Thank You, Lord, for Your love and constant presence that will overcome any
fear. May we look to You when life seems overwhelming and rest in Your
Shirley Moulton <email@example.com>
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Today's Bible Verse2: Psalm 1:3 – He
is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in
season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (NIV)
Daily Manna3: Isaiah 14:24 – The Lord
Almighty has sworn,"Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I
have purposed, so it will happen." (NIV)
Today's Bible Reading3: Jonah 2:1-3:10
Today's One-Year Scripture
Passage4: Matthew 8-10
Today's Two-Year Scripture
Passages5: Deuteronomy 27; Matthew 18:1-14
Jesus promised, "If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask
for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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Worldwide Ministry posted on 1/27/2021
In Bolivia — Praise the Lord for the opportunities that he has
provided during these "Lockdown" days. There are many open doors,
and God has been working in ways never before expected in Bolivia. Pray for
the Bolivian co-workers, who continue to reach out into new areas, finding
more isolated villages in the mountains where the Light of God's Word
has not been known.
1 - Our public domain music is courtesy
of The Cyber Hymnal™ - www.hymntime.com/tch.
2 - Today's Verse is based on Verse of the Day.
3 - Today's Bible Reading and Daily Manna are from the Canadian Bible Society.
4 - The One-Year Bible Reading Plan is from www.bible-reading.com
©1996-2006 by Michael Coley and used by permission.
5 - The Two-Year Bible Reading Plan is from the Cambridge Daily Reading Bible ©1995 Cambridge University Press
and used by permission.