July 31, Friday

Editor’s Note:  The AMI devotionals for July 30 and 31 are written by pastor-intern David Son at Symphony Church.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

2 Kings 3:16-18

And he said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools. ’ For thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals. ’ This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord. He will also give the Moabites into your hand.”

31The first miracle I ever experienced was when I was 7 years old. I used to be a coin collector when I was in elementary school, and although most of my collection comprised of pennies and nickels, my prized possession was an old silver dollar coin. At least once a week, I’d open my little coin box and just gaze at each coin, especially at the silver dollar. But one evening, I took my coin box to church to show off to my friends, and as I was going through each of the coins, to my horror, the silver dollar was missing! I looked everywhere for it; I emptied the box, searched under the seat… nothing. It was gone! So, I got down on my knees and prayed the most sincere prayer I had ever prayed until that point in my life, “God, please help me find my coin!” And when I opened my eyes, I looked back into my box, and there it was—  shining like it had never left the box. I had never felt so much excitement and relief! That was my first taste of the power of God.

In 2 Kings 3, three kings are asking for God’s help in defeating the Moabites in battle. Although this is a much weightier prayer request than my plea for help in finding my lost coin, what God says in verse 18 gives us God’s perspective: “This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord.” A light thing! I wonder how many of our dire requests to God are actually light things to Him! Have you considered the incredible power of our God as you face today?

Prayer

Lord, You are above all things, and nothing is too difficult for You. Heaven is your throne and earth is your footstool, yet you hear even the lightest of our pleas. Increase our faith today as we take on the various challenges ahead of us.

Bible Reading for Today: Jonah 3

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Lunch Break Study

Read 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How does Paul describe our afflictions (hardships)?
  2. Do you see your hardships in this way?
  3. Why is Paul able to call our hardships “light and momentary”?

Notes:

  1. Paul describes our affliction as “light and momentary.” In other words, he is saying that our hardships are easy and short.
  2. Most people do not see their hardships this way… otherwise they wouldn’t be hardships, right?
  3. Paul went through more affliction than most of us will ever go through in our lifetime. Yet he is able to call it “light and momentary” because he is looking at the eternal glory of being with Jesus. In light of that, every hard thing on this earth seems light in comparison, and short in comparison!

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 Evening Reflection

An old hymnal goes like this:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face!

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

May we look upon Jesus each day and find that our affliction is but light and momentary in comparison to His glory and grace!

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