Draw near to God during the week with our daily devotional.
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
The dysfunctional family dynamic we saw in yesterday’s devotional reading continues to deepen.
Have you faced situations in your life where you were tempted to “help” God accomplish His will by manipulating circumstances and taking advantage of others for your own benefit? What did you learn about God and yourself as a result of these situations?
Pastor Bob recently said, “When you struggle to understand God’s ways continue to trust in His character.”
The fact that God is trustworthy makes it a little easier to trust Him. Throughout scripture, God’s character is clearly seen and remains constant throughout the Bible.
In what ways has God rewritten your story?
Has there ever been a time in your life where you knowingly trusted in the person and work of Christ for your eternal salvation? If not, why not?
What is your earliest recollection of God’s revelation of Himself to you? How does God continue to reveal Himself to you today?
God used his amazing creativity to address a serious problem in the people – they had turned their attention away from God and put it on themselves. That issue still needs to be addressed in our own hearts every day. God’s agenda for us is always the best. He is great a replacing our limited dreams with His plans that are much greater and for our good, as well as the glory of His name.
God is always true to His word. He’s faithful. How does remembering this affect your attitude, thoughts and plans for the future?
Sometime waiting is dreadful. Other times, it’s not too bad. Waiting is easier for me if I have good people to wait with. Noah and his family were on the ark with the animals for over a year. Not only did they go through the storm of God’s judgment on the earth, but after it was over they had to wait, and wait, and wait. It wasn’t time to move on yet.
One of the greatest difficulties people face is the desire to be in control in a bad situation. We get angry, we argue with God, we fight circumstances that we can’t change. Those tough situations are out of our hands anyway. We can trust God. Even if we aren’t in control, He is.
What kind of job do you think God would give you? How are you walking with Him today so that you’re ready when God’s looking for His person?
Are you spending time with God on a daily basis in order to remain faithful to his purposes for your life and to become more like Christ?
At the heart of our faith is our ability to stop and surrender to God, to trust Him and obey Him. The serpent first deceived Eve, then Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the tree he told them not to eat from. Willful disobedience is the very heart of sin in our lives.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word that means “to cease, to stop working.” It refers to doing nothing related to work for a twenty-four hour period each week.
Why are we here and what is our purpose? That is the age old question, isn’t it? Fortunately, from the very beginning, God has had a plan and a purpose for our lives. Unfortunately, many of us don’t really know what that is and so we can become dejected and wonder if life has any worth at all. When we don’t understand our reason for living, we can make up our own purpose and live in a way that brings short-term gratification.