September 28, Thursday

Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

The God who Remembers

Genesis 8:1

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark.

A few months ago, I read in the news about a family and their friends who went for a fun filled day at a local amusement park. After experiencing many thrilling rides and enjoying the company of other friends and children, one of the parents realized that they had forgotten their child somewhere in the park! After a frantic search, the young boy was found safely at the security office enjoying himself to ice cream and cotton candy. I hope that as a parent that never happens in my life because one of the most despairing feelings is being forgotten.

In today’s passage, we are told, “God remembered Noah and all the animals that were in the ark.” When Moses writes of the Lord “remembering,” he does not mean that God forgot about Noah. Wherever Scripture uses the phrase God remembered, it is the sense of God taking action on His promises. When God was about to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, He “remembered Abraham” and spared Lot on his behalf (Gen. 19:29).  When God remembers Noah in the ark, it points to God’s faithfulness. From our point of view, it may seem like God forgot. Perhaps He has been silent for a long while; but He will act on our behalf in His time. He remembers; He is faithful to those who are His.

What does this mean for us? First, we can have hope that God is faithful to His promises. His love is constant, His forgiveness is unconditional; He is a Father who provides for us, and He is strong and mighty to save. These are just a few of the promises made in Scripture that the Lord has declared to us. Second, we are never forgotten. The Cross reminds us that we are eternally His and even though He may seem silent in moments of our lives, He has never forgotten about us; it should encourage us that He is constantly working for our good.

Take some time this morning and remember the unwavering promises of God for your life. Have hope and be encouraged that He stays the same – yesterday, today and forevermore.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 52


Lunch Break Study

Read Luke 19:1-10: He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Questions to Consider

  1. What do we see about Zacchaeus?
  2. Why do you think Zacchaeus changed so dramatically?
  3. What do we learn about Jesus?

Notes

  1. We see that Zacchaeus was quite wealthy, but he was searching for something more or something entirely different. That is the reason why he was so determined to see Jesus and what He really offered.
  2. He realized that Jesus was the Savior and that He offered abundant life. Zacchaeus received Jesus joyfully and repented of his sin which resulted him giving away half of his goods to the poor. His life was transformed which is what happens when we encounter the risen Jesus.
  3. The Lord knew Zacchaeus and called him by name. In the midst of a large crowd He knew what Zacchaeus needed. That is the same for us today.

Evening Reflection

Spend some time remembering the promises of God. Thank Jesus for his kindness and faithfulness in your life today.

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