Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by the then (2013) staff of Kairos Christian Church in San Diego, was first posted on July 8, 2013.
Devotional Thought for This Morning
“Yes, God is in Total Control of All Things”
The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. 17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.
One place the psalmist finds hope is in the creation. The creation reminds us that our God is absolutely sovereign and almighty. Out of nothing, God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them with but a word. He upholds all of existence by His might. Time itself belongs to Him. He names and numbers the sun and all the other stars.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us that the God who governs the falling of a single sparrow is the same Father who values His children far greater than the sparrows and is faithful to provide for them. To the disciples who would be persecuted and martyred for His name’s sake, Jesus declares, “Do not be anxious…but seek first the kingdom of God.”
What would your day look like if you were free to focus solely on obeying God and trust that your Heavenly Father would take care of everything else? Before you rush off to work or school, take a moment to go outside and look at the works of God’s hands.
Prayer: Almighty God, You are the Alpha and the Omega. The nations and the heavens themselves are but a drop in the bucket compared to You and your greatness. Lord, impress upon my heart the magnitude of who You are. I thank You that You take notice of me, though I am nothing but dust. May I seek first Your kingdom today.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 8
Lunch Break Study
Read James 1:22-25 (NIV): Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Questions to Consider
- What must the believer do in response to the Word of God?
- To what does James compare a person who listens but does not do what the Word says?
- What is the result for the person who obeys the Word of God?
- Application: In what areas of your life is God asking for faithful obedience to His Word?
- Hearing the Scripture read formed an essential element of the religious ritual, but James here commands an aspect that was assumed but not always realized – putting the spoken word into action. He commands the believers to be doers who live out the Word to which they have heard.
- The person is like someone who looks at their face in the mirror, only to depart and immediately forget what he had seen in the mirror. What is seen in the mirror is meant to lead to action, usually regarded as remedial; for example, a dirty face that needs washing. Yet here, this person goes away and fails to deal with the flaws revealed by the mirror.
- He will be blessed in what he does. This is the promise of personal fulfillment in the very process of doing what believers know to be right.
In what ways did God communicate His love and providence to you through His handiworks and sovereignty over His creation?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for disobeying Your Word. Empower me with Your Spirit to carry out what Your Word says in my life. Amen.