August 30, Thursday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

“Placing Trust in our Faithful God”

Jeremiah 33:14-15 (The Message – Selected for easier translation)

19-22 God’s Message to Jeremiah: “God says, ‘If my covenant with day and my covenant with night ever fell apart so that day and night became haphazard and you never knew which was coming and when, then and only then would my covenant with my servant David fall apart and his descendants no longer rule. The same goes for the Levitical priests who serve me. Just as you can’t number the stars in the sky nor measure the sand on the seashore, neither will you be able to account for the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who serve me.’”

I recently engaged in an interesting conversation with a seasoned missionary who had served in several Asian nations. He noted that one of the most difficult challenges he faced was creating and nurturing a united community among the local pastors and leaders. I asked for his explanation of why a united cohort was so difficult to achieve, and his answer was not only informative but quite insightful.

I would have assumed that personality differences, feelings of jealousy, miscommunication, divergent philosophy of ministry, doctrinal variances, etc. would have been the myriad of obstacles. However, he explained that when people grow up in nations, societies, and cultures where their gods cannot be trusted due to fickleness and unpredictability, the citizens end up assuming that NOBODY can be trusted. In other words, if their best “gods” couldn’t be trusted, why would anyone trust another imperfect human being?

Britannica article writes: “Cruel and fickle, passionate and vindictive, jealous and insecure, petty and insane: the inhabitants of Mount Olympus represent an attempt by the ancient Greeks to explain the chaos of the universe through human nature.” (https://www.britannica.com/list/12-greek-gods-and-goddesses)

A monumental difference in the God of Israel and the gods of the world is: faithfulness. His word and His promises are as certain as “day and night.” His faithfulness gave the Israelites hope, even in the middle of despair and defeat at the hands of the Babylonians. The theme of God’s faithfulness runs all throughout Scripture. He certainly wanted us to know that He can fully be trusted, as certain as day and night.

Prayer: Lord, I confess that I’m the one who is fickle while You remain faithful. Thank You for being so patient with me. Help me to more deeply understand and appreciate Your faithfulness. My hope is in You and Your promises. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Job 10


Lunch Break Study

Read Psalm 91:1-6 (NIV): Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Questions to Consider 

  1. According to verse 1-2, how can you grow in your confidence of the Lord’s faithfulness?
  2. What is the certainty of this psalmist in relationship to God?
  3. What do you observe about the nature of God’s faithful protection in verses 5-6?

Notes 

  1. Verse 1 invites us to dwell in the shelter of God. Verse 2 encourages us to declare that God is our refuge and fortress.
  2. The psalmist is certain of his protection by God from enemies, harm, and attacks.
  3. The protection is given day and night.

Evening Reflection 

How has God revealed His faithfulness in your own life? Give God praise and thanksgiving declaring that you trust His faithfulness.

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