December 28, Saturday

The AMI QT Devotionals from December 28-29 (new) are provided by Christine Li who serves as a deaconess at Remnant Church in Manhattan, New York.

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Better than Water”

Isaiah 55:8-11

“So I “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Do you remember learning about the water cycle in grade school? A quick and simple word.pngrefresher: water on the earth evaporates into the atmosphere, condenses to become clouds, and falls back onto the earth as precipitation. Except for extreme cases of water movement (deserts and floods), most of us take this cycle for granted and forget that it is running in the background; yet, this process is essential to sustaining life on earth.

God calls this to mind as He reminds His people of the importance of His word. Just as rain and snow go to the earth to water it and nourish all forms of life, God’s word—the Scripture—are necessary to water our souls and give us life. Just as we cannot see every drop of water going through this cycle, we see the effects on life around us. Similarly, while we may be unaware of how the Word is retained in our hearts and heads, we can always see its impact on our growth.

What does God’s word hold for us? Words about His faithfulness to His people assure us of mercy, provision, and protection; words about His goodness remind us of hope and joy we have in Him. When we consider God’s words, we will find tangible promises and true strength in all circumstances, not just a set of good ideas for us to briefly consider.

If the Word sustains our life, are we active in letting it permeate our lives, or have we been satisfied with a passive intake of it through others’ teachings and songs? Without active engagement, we cut ourselves off from this means of grace; when God’s word ceases to influence our lives, the effects are like those of a drought.

My challenge to you today is to spend time deeply engaging with Scripture. When we read through, react to, and respond to God’s word, it will produce deep transformation in our hearts. May the coming year find us increasingly filled with His word and a joyful awareness of how it changes us.

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me Your Word! Help me not to take this for granted, but treasure it and let it be a foundation of my faith. Help me to be faithful in taking it in so that You may accomplish Your purposes in my thoughts, actions, and lifestyle. In the coming year, give us all a greater hunger for Your Word!

Bible Reading for Today: Luke 10-11

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