July 12, 2017 Readings
Genesis 41:55-57, 42:5-7, 17-24
Psalm 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19
Because the famine was severe everywhere.
Famine. In my perspective, for today’s generation this does not refer only to the basic needs like food and water but as well as our spiritual need. We burden too much on working to have these needs to the point that we forget that there is God who can and will provide our needs without even asking them. He alone is the source of all our needs according to his will.
But this famine is only on temporary state if we allow God to enter in our lives and we turn back to Him. But this decision is only upon us as there were lots of temptations in our daily lives that compel us on living a worldly life that was been a new culture already. That which, morals were bypassed, relationships were neglected, and humans were being used to get what the influential and powerful people wants.
May we wake up on this practices and live our life to the will of God despite of our willpower. We have to seize our life to serve His people to prove them how great and good God is.
Dear God, thank you always for bountifully giving my needs without even asking them.
July 11, 2017 Readings
Psalm 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8, 15
But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
Envy and even more than that is what the Pharisees might be thinking and feeling that made them say and act against Jesus despite of the miracles and good deeds he has done through healing, driving out demons and bringing back to life the dead people.
On defense though He doesn’t needed to, Jesus would argue that if He drives by the power of demon prince isn’t it going against with your team? In which a certain group that fight against each other would mean that they will fall down and scattered.
We all know who Jesus is. And as someone who believes on Him as Savior, we just kept our belief on Him in spite of the worldly temptations that we are encountering every single day of our lives. We may put our faith on Him as He is the way, the truth and the life.
Dear God, thank you for this day and saving me from my sins though I don’t deserve it.
July 10, 2017 Readings
Psalm 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15
She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
The divinity of Jesus made this woman kept her faith on Him that she thought that just by touching Jesus’ clock, she will be healed.
Nowadays, some of us also want this miracle to happen. Every now and then we have wishful thinking to that good days is yet to come. That problems and struggle that were going through will be ending soon. But unluckily, there were times that the hardship were getting harder and worse. And it seems that it will be on us until the end of our life to the point that others will commit suicide or crime.
If and only if we believe that Jesus is with us always and that He will give rest on our hardship despite that we will not touch his cloak, we get healed, we’ll be getting better and we’ll be happy. Just believe on Him and keep the faith. We may not see or feel Him yet He is just there, call on Him.
Dear God, thank you. May I always believe, trust and put my faith on you.
July 03, 2017 Reading
Psalm 117: 1, 2
You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
Some of us would think that we are not enough or ready to be part of God’s family or to serve him because we look into ourselves as undeserving may be due to insecurities, inexperience or sinfulness. But we should believe and trust that no matter who we are, God still and always love, forgive and guide us in every path we take.
With this, we will be the cornerstone of His kingdom, we will be the source of joy and strength of his people and let us continue to prove them how good and great God is. Let us lead the way in any possible way we can.
Dear God, thank you for everyday blessing you have given to us. Keep on loving, guiding and forgiving us.
July 02, 2017 Reading
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16
Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19
Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Beyond our comprehension and prayers, God always gives us the best in our life. It may not be the total package of what we desire for yet we are all blessed with graces and mercy that only God can give us without cost and expectations.
There were also times that we want to secure our position, power or influence. We want to be on top. We want to have everything that we want – the newest, biggest, and grandest things that world is advertising on us. But getting these things, there were also sacrifices and conflict against our values and attitudes. Though, for some its not applicable.
Whether we are up and down, we may not forget to thank God as He alone blessed us those things that we have. Things that make us happy and satisfied temporarily. Cause, even just Him alone, we are already blessed and complete.
Dear God, thank you for all the blessing and graces that you continuously giving me without me asking them. May you continue to guide and bless me to serve more of your people and to prove them how great and good You are.
July 01, 2017 Reading
“Do this,” and he does it.
In today’s reading, I’m also amazed with the faith of the centurion as against to the doubt of Sarah to the Lord’s will. We may doubting in our own abilities and capabilities but God can make and transform our life with marvelous deeds.
In our life, we also gone through both of these stages wherein we always believe that our Father in heaven will grant the desires and wishes of our hearts every time we’re praying unto Him. We want it to happen the way we want and imagine it in our little minds without thinking that we can’t dictate God and let Him follow us because He knows more than we can the better plans for us to be molded and prepared for greater things. On the other hand, there were also times that we are already experiencing the will of God but our hard and cold heart would still not believe that God can make an amazing things and event in our life beyond our expectations and comprehensions.
We all know that we can’t have and get all our wishes and dreams but we may enjoy and be contented what we had. We may have a happy and thankful heart. And we’ll attract more blessings even without asking them because God knows first before we even think about it.
Dear God, thank you for amazing me. May I use myself to amazed more servant yours. Again thank you and love you.