Today’s Verse: Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen. ~Isaiah 28:28 The Bible is very rich in its use of analogies, metaphors, and parables to help make a Bible concept become very real to the reader. Through symbols that we can identify with, God enlightens our hearts and minds to the timeless truths of His Word. Isaiah 28:23-29 uses the symbol of a plowing to help us understa
Today’s Verse: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. ~Psalm 119:71 I am an avid coffee drinker, especially good, aromatic coffees. There used to be reports citing that drinking coffee is bad for your health. In recent years, the medical reports are saying drinking coffee is good for you. I think all of us want what’s good for us. The psalmist said, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” Let us see the good that is affliction.
Today’s Verse: My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. ~Proverbs 3:11-12 An important aspect of raising children is the necessity of chastening, or discipline. Chastening is exercised to correct bad and improper behavior in children. In Ephesians 6:4, parents are commanded to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The wor
Today’s Verse: And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. ~Exodus 7:20 In our devotion this morning, we see two sources of life. We see water, which is a vital necessity for our hydration. We cannot live very long without water. The majority of the world is made up of water con
Today’s Verse: Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. ~Jeremiah 15:16 Discouragement is when we are saddened and hurt in our spirit by adverse developments in our life or the life of someone else. When discouragement sets in, we withdraw from social contact, pitch a pity party, lose our desires, lose our appetites, and in some cases, develop sleeplessness. The wo
Today’s Verse: “The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.” ~Proverbs 15:31-32 I think one of the hardest things about growing up is being constantly corrected and rebuked by your elders for not doing the right thing, or for being a bonehead about things we should have known better. When you are on the receiving end of criticism and reproof, it can be