Devotions

Sweet Water

Today’s Verse: And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, ~Exodus 15:25 The bottled water business in the USA is big. In 2018, approximately 13.85 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the U.S. Sales volume is expected to be $334 billion in 2023. Consumers are not just purchasing plain bottled water, but also sparkling water and water enhanced with vitamins and flavoring. There is something about flavored or sweetened water that people are willing to pay extra for. We are considering a familiar passage of Scripture where bit

Alive and Well

Today’s Verse: But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: ~Titus 2:1 “Alive and well” is an idiom people use to describe that they are in good health and doing well. This is sometimes used in conjunction with someone surviving a mishap or near-disaster experience. The churches on the island of Crete were dealing with things that were wanting, including false teachers and a slacking off of Christian living. Paul uses the word “sound,” which means healthy, to emphasize being spiritually well and healthy. We must be sound in the Word. Sound doctrine refers to the fundamental set of beliefs that is our foundation. Bible doctrine is what the Bible itself declares to be the truth and n

Fringe Benefits

Today’s Verse: And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. ~Matthew 14:36 The phrase “fringe benefits” describes additional benefits for working for a corporation. It was coined out of concern that a prospective employee was only focused on his salary and was overlooking the additional benefits (health and group life insurance, disability, retirement, paid time off, etc.) that the company offered. The word fringe means “the border,” “the edge,” or “the hem.” We see a very interesting thought: touching the hem of the garment. Some people thought, “If I could just touch the hem or fringe of His garment, I could be made w

Thou Art God Alone

Today’s Verse: For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. ~Psalm 86:10 Psalm 86 reminds me of the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2, when he was in the belly of a whale. The psalmist described his plight as “the lowest hell” (v. 13). He was a man who was broken by adversity. It seems that those who hated him were putting him through the ringer. So, he prays. His prayer that is recorded is one of devotion, dependence, and development. He was experiencing “more grace” in his time of trial. God allowed adversity into his life to bring this man closer to Him. In his prayer, he said, “Thou art God alone.” Theologically, he knew this. But, it was through his praying that he experi

The King is His Beauty

Today’s Verse: Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. ~Isaiah 33:17 I have been blessed to see many things of beauty. I think of the beautiful and lush island of Kauai. There are the Butchart Gardens on the island of Victoria. There is the majestic Sierra mountain landscape. There is the beauty of oceans, rivers, and lakes. I think of my wedding day as I watched my bride walk down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown and veil. Something of beauty captivates our attention. It embeds an unforgettable image in our mind that we treasure. Isaiah speaks about God’s people personally seeing the King in His beauty. We shall see the King in Hi

The Fainting Soul

Today’s Verse: When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. ~Jonah 2:7 Fainting is a physical condition when a person becomes very light headed and passes out. Sometimes, a person faints because of extreme hunger and low blood sugar. Sometimes it is because of low blood pressure. Other times, it is because of being overwhelmed by a situation that he is in. Jonah, the runaway prophet, speaks of an unforgettable time when his soul fainted within him. Let us see, this morning, the malady of a fainting soul. We see the diagnosis. A fainting soul is when spiritually we are weak, feeble, overwhelmed, and incapable of helping ourselv

A Happy Meal

Today’s Verse: And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. ~Matthew 14:17 Many years ago, McDonald’s® copyrighted the idea of a “Happy Meal®” for children on their fast food menu. The simple menu selection in child-friendly packaging has been a marketing hit for many years. Parents and kids alike expect a “Happy Meal®” selection when they stop at a McDonald’s®. This morning, we see another happy meal that served to be a blessing and a powerful lesson for God’s people. We see a lack. Jesus has been in a remote area teaching a large multitude of people. As the day is approaching an end, He encourages His disciples to give these people something to eat. Their first resp

A Breath of Fresh Air

Today’s Verse: And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. ~Isaiah 32:2 Do you know people who are a breath of fresh air to you? By this, I mean someone who lifts your spirit, is reviving when you feel weary and depleted, and is a protector when you are under attack. I am referring to someone who is an encourager. Paul referred to the encouragers in his life as people who refreshed his spirit. In our devotion this morning, Isaiah gives four descriptions of an encourager. We see a refuge. “And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind.” Have you ever been in a major

Something Fishy About This

Today’s Verse: Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. ~Jonah 1:17 When we say that something is fishy, we are implying that something is suspicious or not right. When something appears fishy, we become reserved about making a decision about that person or event. Jonah was supposed to go to Nineveh and cry against that city. Instead, we see him out on the sea and, later, swallowed by a great fish. There was something fishy about this. We see Jonah’s station. “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.” Jonah was a prophet of God. His station was t

The Work of Righteousness

Today’s Verse: And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. ~Isaiah 32:17 The word “righteousness” is found 289 times in the Bible. It describes the character and person of our Lord. Jesus is the Lord our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6). Jesus will reign during the Millennium in righteousness. I tell people that righteousness is being just like God. Isaiah said that the work of righteousness is peace. We see it in our salvation. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). We attain righteousness through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are unrighteous apart from our

The King's Scribe

Today’s Verse: Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. ~Matthew 13:52 A scribe was a man who was learned in the Mosaic law and sacred writings and was to be both an interpreter and a teacher. One of the more famous scribes in Scripture was Ezra. He was described as a ready scribe in God’s Word. In Matthew 13, our Lord Jesus gave a series of parables concerning the kingdom of Heaven. His audience consisted of people who could “hear” the Word of God and those whose “heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes

Jehoiada Strengthened Himself

Today’s Verse: And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him. ~2 Chronicles 23:1 All of us will face uncomfortable decisions that we have to make in life. This is especially true when they are decisions that affect other people’s lives or that take a stand against something that is wrong. Jehoiada the high priest was at a place in life where he had to make an important decision. Let us see how he strengthened himself for this. We see the carnage. “But when Athaliah the mo

Open Wide

Today’s Verse: I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. ~Psalm 81:10 When small children begin their experience of going to the dentist, the common phrase of the dentist to them is, “Open wide your mouth.” I vividly remember the times when the dentist had to tell me, “Open wide.” God originated this phrase when He spoke to Israel about its privileges and priorities as His people. Our devotion this morning is a divine invitation to approach God unreservedly in order to access His power and working in our lives. We see the relationship. “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt.” We see God in His ess

Just When I Need Him

Today’s Verse: Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah. ~Psalm 81:7 Perhaps one of the most comforting thoughts for every Christian is the faithfulness and reliability of God in our life. David said that God’s faithfulness reaches to the clouds and they never fail. Jeremiah said that His faithfulness is great. Isaiah said that faithfulness is the girdle of His loins. Paul simply said, “God is faithful.” John said that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Psalm 81, we see the faithfulness of God as demonstrated with Israel. It is a rem

The Sighing of the Prisoner

Today’s Verse: Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die; ~Psalm 79:11 A sigh is when we let out our breath in an audible way to express disbelief, exasperation, frustration, sorrow, weariness, or relief. It is when our emotions have been building within and we let them out with a sigh. The background to Psalm 79 is after Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem, when many were killed and many were taken captive back to Babylon. The writer, Asaph, speaks of this psalm as the sighing of the prisoner. We see the conquered. “O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled

In the Nick of Time

Today’s Verse: But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not. ~2 Chronicles 22:11 Have you ever done something in the nick of time? By this, I am referring to helping to prevent someone else from falling into danger. Someone who was trapped in the wilderness, near drowning, or in a burning building will tell those who came to their aid,“You came in the nick of time.” This morning, let us see how Jehosh

The Promise of Life

Today’s Verse: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, ~2 Timothy 1:1 The Scripture for our devotion is one of great encouragement for our faith. It is a reminder that when Jesus Christ is your Saviour, you are the recipient of the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus. This takes us back to John 10:10 where Jesus first gave this promise: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The promise of life is an abundant life. As Paul waited in his prison cell for the day and time when the executioner would take his

Prayer Partners

Today’s Verse: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. ~Acts 16:25 Acts 16 is the record of the start of Paul’s second missionary endeavor. The significance of the events that occurred during the second missionary endeavor contributed greatly to the church as we know it today. The gospel made a great impact among the Gentiles, model churches were established, and six of Paul’s epistles were written for us. Perhaps the one spiritual exercise that is emphasized and repeated in Acts 16 is prayer. It was prayer that made the difference. It was prayer that paved the way and accomplished what money, personality, talent, and manpower could not

The Song of Moses

Today’s Verse: Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. ~Exodus 15:1 In addition to being a powerful leader, a servant of the Lord, a man of God, and a man of prayer, Moses was also a talented musician. He was a song leader and a song composer. We read of Moses leading Israel in a song of celebration after the crossing of the Red Sea. We read at the end of his ministry that he was instructed by God to write a song that he taught Israel to sing before he graduated to glory. In Exodus 15, we have the record of what is referred to as “th

The Way I See It

Today’s Verse: Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. ~Matthew 11:26 Babies and little children are completely dependent upon their parents to lead them. This includes the daily schedule of the child: where he goes; most of what he does; and in many instances, how he does it. The child does not have the big-picture idea of how everything is supposed to turn out but trusts his parents because they know what is good for him. In essence, a little child sees it the way his parents see it. Our Lord Jesus gives us a powerful lesson of why we should see things as God sees them for our life. We see the absolute. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than

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