Scripture for Thursday, August 10 (8/10)

inside-cover-mediumThe scripture for today, August 10 (8/10), is Nehemiah 8:10b as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

After exile for 70 years for forsaking God, the Jews were led by Ezra and Nehemiah back to Jerusalem. On a special day, Ezra read the Law of Moses to all the people. And they wept. They were so embarrassed and so sorry they had betrayed God. The above scripture quotation is from that occasion.

But many people find it too humiliating to admit to others that they were wrong. Others find it easy to repent, but never regroup and pull themselves up so they can try again. Still, others say, “What I’ve done is so bad, God could never forgive me.” They spend the rest of their lives grieving.

God can perform miracles. That means he can forgive the greatest sinner. So, grieve. Ask for forgiveness. Then start over fresh ~ innocent in the eyes of God. The joy of the Lord is your strength.  So, go ahead.  Smile again.


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Scripture for Wednesday, May 3 (5/3)

The scripture for today, May 3 (5/3) is Psalm 5:3 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

inside-cover-medium“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Morning. The time of new beginnings. Birth is a morning. Graduating from a school is a morning. Marriage, a new job, the birth of a child ~ these are obvious mornings.

We can create our own morning of life in a spiritual way too. We can stop depending on ourselves, and begin following and depending on God. We cannot fix all our problems. Sometimes we get ourselves into our own problems and don’t know how to get ourselves out. But God knows.

Let us lay our requests before God. Then wait. The waiting can create frustration. But wait in peace. God does things in his own timing.

He loves us as children and knows when the moment is right. Sometimes when we look back, we are most grateful he did not answer a prayer for us; he had something better in mind. And then, it was morning.

God loves to answer prayer. Therefore, let us wait in peaceful expectation for morning.


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