Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dysfunctional family? Even in the most dysfunctional families God is at work. Joseph, spared by Judah, saved his family from famine. Judah's family eventually produced Jesus who saves anyone who believes.

Genesis 37:26-27
Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.
Bible Gateway link: Genesis 37:26-27 (ESV)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Security, good sleep and no fear. Wow! We long all our lives for these things, and to think, all we need do is follow some sage advice and trust in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:21-26
My son, do not lose sight of these— 
keep sound wisdom and discretion,

and they will be life for your soul 
and adornment for your neck.

Then you will walk on your way securely, 
and your foot will not stumble.

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; 
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Do not be afraid of sudden terror 
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,

for the Lord will be your confidence 
and will keep your foot from being caught.

Bible Gateway link: Proverbs 3:21-26 (ESV)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This is why we love our gardens and animals and sometimes hunt and fish for the sheer joy of it. We feel humble, awed, and grateful because these things bring us closer to God.

Psalm 8:6-9
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; 
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Bible Gateway link: Psalm 8:6-9 (ESV)