Good News Daily Devotionals
Wednesday, February 7
Psalm 119:97-120 Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (v.105)
Truly God’s word is like a giant flashlight showing us the way through life’s hard decisions-leading us to honesty and integrity, kindness and helpfulness. Many young people wear the WWJD bracelet to remind them to consider what Jesus would do in a tough situation. It’s a good question for all of us to consider.
Too often I jump into a mess with both feet rather than stopping first to pray and search God’s word for direction and guidance. And then perhaps also seeking the counsel of a trusted Christian friend.
Forgive me, Lord, for not seeking Your wisdom before acting. Guide me to do the right thing.
Genesis 27:1-29 ; Romans 12:1-8; John 8:12-20
Thursday, February 8
Psalm 146 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! (v.1)
The Psalms are full of reminders to praise the Lord: “How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God., who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them” (vv.5-6a).
It is important to cultivate the attitude of gratitude. God loves to hear the praises of His people. Each day we need to remember our blessings and give Him thanks. It is so easy to fall into grumbling and complaining, so as an act of our will we need to praise the Lord each morning and all through the day.
Thank You, Lord, that because of You we can sing, pray, and love!
Genesis 27:30-45; Psalms 83, 147; Romans 12:9-21; John 8:21-32
Friday, February 9
Genesis 27:46-28:4, 10-22 As he (Jacob) slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord. (vv.12-13a NLT)
Jacob had cheated his twin brother Esau out of the birthright and in anger Esau vows to kill Jacob. So, Rebekah urges Isaac to send Jacob away to her brother’s home to find a wife.
Despite being a cheater, God forgives Jacob and promises to bless him and bring him back to the land promised to Abraham and Isaac. After having the dream in our reading for today, Jacob awakes and says, “Surely the Lord is in this place.” He names the place Bethel and promises to give a tenth of all he possesses to God.
We, too, can look back on our lives and see where God has brought us through hardships, health problems, financial issues, and family disputes and given us a second chance. We, too, can say, “Surely the Lord is in this place” and give thanks for His help in times of trouble.
Thank you, Jesus, for rescuing me from my sins and mistakes. Guide me in your ways.
Psalm 88; Romans 13:1-14; John 8:33-47
Saturday, February 10
Psalm 90 Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children. (v.16 NAS)
As I am writing these devotions, we are preparing for a massive solar eclipse where the moon will block the sun for a portion of the day. This event helps me again rejoice in the wonderful creation our God has made for us and how the seasons, tides, day and night, and timing of the earth are so precise. I think of Psalm 8: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty!” (vv.3-5).
Thanks, Creator God, for Your marvelous creation.
Genesis 29:1-20 ; Psalm 87; Romans 14:1-23; John 8:47-59
Sunday, February 11
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (v.23 NIV)
This is the kind of verse that stops me in my tracks. It is a hard saying for me. Peter might have been thinking, “Great! Jesus is the Messiah; the time has come-victory and power are right around the corner.” Jesus told him, however, that the divine plan involves sacrifice and service, not power. The disciples had lived with the expectation that the Messiah would be a conquering king who would restore the kingdom. God’s plan turned everything upside down-Jesus would suffer, die on a cross, and be raised to life.
If I am honest I have to admit that I often do not deny self, but rely on self. I remember reading once, “Jesus understood that trusting God means non-trust and non-reliance on the security the world offers.” The question, “Who do you say I am?” is the sum and substance of making a decision to follow Him as the Lord of my life. The essence of discipleship is humility before God and it begins with denial of self-and that’s a challenge for me.
Proverbs 26:1-23; Psalms 148, 149, 150; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
Monday, February 12
Philippians 2:1-13 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete, by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (vv.1-2)
Many years ago, the Lord laid it on my heart to memorize Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. In order not to lose it, I often recite all 107 verses as I’m about my daily tasks, on a road trip to visit my daughter, lying awake in the wee hours of the morning, or with my husband on a train trip into the city. Though Paul’s letter was written to the church in Philippi, his words of encouragement and exhortation have spoken to me as an individual many times since I first memorized the letter. When I get off the track of being “like-minded,” verses 3 and 4 remind me of my selfishness and need for humility. Paul knew an intimacy with Christ that enabled him to know what it was to “have the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” Paul’s entire life found its meaning in Christ. Hiding Philippians in my heart, I am without excuse in knowing how I need to respond to the many circumstances of life within the church and within my daily life.
Proverbs 27:1-6, 10-12; Psalm 25; John 18:15-18, 25-27
Tuesday, February 13
John 18:28-38 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.” (vv.37-38)
We have so much deception today in advertising, in manipulation of the truth by the media, and the popular belief that “what is true for one person is not necessarily true for another,” that without a standard we have nothing by which to measure truth. The question for today’s living, I believe, is not what is truth but is there a source of truth and where do I find it? Thanks be to God that in His grace He has not left us alone to make up our own truths! I am so grateful that He is the source of truth and His Word is our standard of measure. Simply put, God’s truth is revealed to us in Jesus (John 14:6) and He has given us the gift of the Spirit of truth to be with us forever (John 14:17). In his Letter to the Thessalonians, Paul urges followers of Christ to “Test everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). We must not accept the claims of others without question, but test them to see that they are in agreement with God’s truth.
Proverbs 30:1-4, 24-33; Psalms 26, 28; Philippians 3:1-11