Daily Inspiration: If the actions of another irritate you or you have been hurt or offended, do not attack. Do not compromise yourself. Remember clearly that the way of the Lord is the way of love and peace and gentleness.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: Cast your burden on the Lord, an He shall sustain you. Psalm 55:22
A Time to Think: Faith means being sure of what we hope for...now. It means knowing something is real, this moment, all around you, even when you don’t see it. –Joni Eareckson Tada
A Time to Act: Start another day just right, with a new hope.
A Time to Pray: Lord, help me hear Your call and serve You joyfully.
Birth verse for January 28: We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:28
PrayFit devotional: Stay Hungry: January 27, 2013; Read: Matthew 15
“And I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” –Matthew 15:32
I bet they couldn’t get enough. In fact, the sun had set three times and I wonder if they even noticed. Who was this man? The words, the wisdom, the…grace! Indeed, I bet they couldn’t get enough, which is probably why they didn’t leave to eat.
The bible says that the crowd remained with the Lord for three days. Now granted, you and I have heard some amazing sermons. We’ve been in the presence of wonderful teachers. But a three-day, non-stop lesson? Even Max Lucado would lose me and Charles Stanley would excuse me. But this wasn’t just any teacher referring to Jesus. This was Jesus on the subject of Jesus. This was Love teaching how. The face of grace was offering it. And I think that explains a lot about the crowd. Each morsel of forgiveness was a feast, and they were famished. They were starving for salvation. Oh yes, they were too hungry to eat.
Friends, with the new week beginning, we all have our agendas. School, work, ministry, health. Our plates are full. But from everything we can take away from the sermon Jesus gave over those three days, let’s also learn from the crowd. Let’s follow their lead and stay hungry. Before we conquer the gym, the road or even the world, let’s pause to devour the words they heard. Remember, there was plenty of time to eat after they were full.
So don’t go too soon. Jesus is talking. Let’s not leave because we’re starving for the things this life can offer. Let’s stay because we’re too hungry for the things it can’t. –Jimmy Peña