Entries by YMI

Lily’s Choice

Life requires decisions about how to invest our talent, time and money. May we choose to follow where God leads and serve others out of His compassionate heart.

ODB: Our New Home

August 19, 2019 

READ: Revelation 22:1–5 

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city. Revelation 22:3

 

As the first immigrant to the US to pass through Ellis Island in 1892, Annie Moore must have felt incredible excitement at the thought of a new home and a fresh start. Millions would pass through there afterward. Just a teenager, Annie had left behind a difficult life in Ireland to start a new one. Carrying only a little bag in her hand, she came with lots of dreams, hopes, and expectations of a land of opportunity.

How much more excitement and awe will God’s children experience when we see “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1). We will enter what the book of Revelation calls “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem” (v. 2). The apostle John describes this amazing place with powerful imagery. There will be “the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (22:1). Water represents life and abundance, and its source will be the eternal God Himself. John says that “no longer will there be any curse” (v. 3). The beautiful, pure relationship God intended between Himself and humans will be fully restored.

How incredible to know that God, who loves His children and purchased us with the life of His Son, is preparing such an amazing new home—where He Himself will live with us and be our God (21:3).

— Estera Pirosca Escobar

What comes to mind when you think about heaven? How does this passage from Revelation encourage you?

Father, thank You for Your love! We’re excited as we wait for that day when we will live in peace with You and each other in heaven.  

Life and Submission

For the Christian, submission ultimately results in life. The seed that dies produces the harvest. After Jesus’ submission came His resurrection.

ODB: Spiritually Exhausted?

August 18, 2019 

READ: 1 Kings 19:1–9 

An angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 1 Kings 19:5

 

“Emotionally, we’ve sometimes worked a full day in one hour,” Zack Eswine writes in his book The Imperfect Pastor. Although he was referring specifically to the burdens pastors frequently carry, this is true for any of us. Weighty emotions and responsibilities can leave us physically, mentally, and spiritually exhausted. And all we want to do is sleep.

In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah found himself in a situation where he was depleted in every way. We read that Queen Jezebel threatened to put him to death (vv. 1–2) after she discovered he had the prophets of Baal killed (see 18:16–40). Elijah was so afraid he ran away and prayed he would die (19:3–4).

In his distress, he lay down. An angel touched him twice and told him to “get up and eat” (vv. 5, 7). After the second time, Elijah was strengthened by the food God provided, and he “traveled forty days and forty nights” until he came to a cave (vv. 8–9). There, the Lord appeared to him and recommissioned him (vv. 9–18)—and he was refreshed and able to continue the work God had for him to do.

Sometimes we too need to be encouraged in the Lord. This may come in the form of a talk with another believer, a worship song, or time in prayer and God’s Word.

Feeling exhausted? Give your burdens to God today and be refreshed! He will carry your load.

— Julie Schwab

What area in your life is calling out for encouragement? What form may this come in and how can you seek it out?

Loving God, help me to turn to You when I am worn out. Thank You that in You I find rest.