Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 14, 2020
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Psalm 37:3
Earlier this week I was talking to a family member about the goodness of trials and challenges. Without dismissing or diminishing the incredible suffering and sorrow of thousands upon thousands in this moment, we chose to receive our present suffering as an invitation to be formed into the likeness of the crucified Christ. We both commented on the fact that an untested life leaves us weak and easily shaken. Character and virtue are formed in the fires of adversity.
In Tolkien’s imagination, the Shire was surely the safest place anyone could find themselves. If safety and security was all the Lord asked of us, no one would ever leave the peace and tranquility of the Shire. Yet it was in the journey of uncertainty and vulnerability that Bilbo was made brave and courageous, discovered who he was made to be, and then re-entered the Shire and saw it as never before. Similarly for us, the security we long to enjoy is found on the other side of trust in the face of fear and courage when we feel weak and unsure.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6-7).
You and I face a moment in which we must courageously continue in the journey of faith, rooting our lives in the love of Christ and believing that he builds us up and makes us who we are meant to be precisely in moments like the one we find ourselves in. Yet how many times over the past few weeks have you and I been tempted to check out of our faith? To stop praying or reading Scripture entirely? Or, are we so consumed by our own vulnerabilities and fears that we are simply unable to do good towards others in need?
Jesus longs to establish you in the faith, like a live oak tree that has withstood centuries of storms blowing in from the sea. And so, wherever you find yourself today, take St. Paul’s words to heart and “continue to live your life in him,” trusting that he who was faithful in the past can transform and steady us in every age and every situation.
“God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me” (Hebrews 13:5b-6)?
Father, help us to see your hand at work in our lives, both in times of peace and in times of great need. We trust in you today and choose thanksgiving and selfless service, even in the face of fear. Amen.
What is one practical way for you to do good today for someone else as a symbolic step towards courage in the face of fear?
Here is a helpful resource during these days of grief, sorrow and uncertainty: A Little Book of Comfort
Character and virtue are formed in the fires of adversity. #WisdomHunters #trials #truth #Jesus
4 minute video- Chris Tomlin:
If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision.
Download our app!
May 26, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 26, 2020 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 Everyone alive has been created to love and be loved. Because we’ve been made for love, I guess [...]
May 25, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 25, 2020 Love your enemies! Matthew 5:44… Conquer evil by doing good. Romans 12:21 I am stunned, heartbroken and outraged once again by the needless murder of a young unarmed black man by two armed white men. A couple of weeks ago, Ahmaud Abrery, an innocent [...]
May 24, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 24, 2020 He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 Sorrow is the fruit of sin in a fallen [...]