Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Revelation 7:17 (NIV):
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ”
Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that in this verse God is referring to His son, Jesus, when referring to ‘their shephard’. The Bible is full of references to Jesus and His role as our shephard. When we will follow Jesus, then He will lead us to God’s blessings. Also, it is Jesus that will also comfort us and that is Jesus that will take all pain out of lives.
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Matthew 6:26-27 (NIV):
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
How easy is it to start worrying? For me it is quite easy, however with God the last thing we should allow ourselves to do is … worrying. God will always take care of us and we need to start really to understand this in our heart and with our mind.
Do these verses tell us that we are not allowed to save money? Or to make arrangements for things in our lives? Not at all, God finds it still important that we take good care of ourselves and plan things properly. However, God doesn’t want us to think that we have to worry about everything and think that is my our own actions we will achieve things. It is always God!
It is beautiful how God always uses His creation to make things clear to us. The comparison with birds is so wel chosen, because indeed they do not store anything and yet God always takes care of them. If God does this for animals, would He not even more do this for His children?
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Psalm 128:1-2 (NIV):
1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
In continuance of the daily devotional of yesterday, we see that there is more that we need to grow in. Besides being righteous, we also need to fear the Lord and be obedient to Him.
We should not misunderstand fear for the definition of fear, while watching a scary (horror) movie. I don’t believe it is that we need to be scared of Him. It also doesn’t make any sense that God, who loves us in an extreme kind of love, would want us to be afraid of Him. No, to be it means that we need to have respect for Him. That we want to be on our best, because we don’t want to let Him down.
When we are talking about obedience, then we are thinking of doing all to (and also desire to) follow all His teachings as written down in the Bible.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Psalm 5:12 (NIV):
12 Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
I love these kind of verses, because they show how much God loves us. We have now right or claim on His love, yet He chooses to loves us anyway! God’s love is unmatchable with any kind of definition of love that we have. In this verse we are pointed out that we need to be righteous to get blessed. If we truly want to be blessed by God, this is what we need to work on in our own lives.
Today I want to meditate on the words from Genesis 50:20 (NIV):
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Amen! See how powerful God is. God is the most powerful, so trusting on Him is very important. Yes, the devil will try to harm you, but when you fully trust on God, then you can also rest on the fact that God will save you from any harm. Trust in God is one of the pillars of our faith.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Nehemiah 1:11 (NIV):
11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.
This verse from the book of Nehemiah emphasizes to me the importance of prayer. Nehemia ask God to be attentive to his prayers. He doesn’t do this, because he wants to force God to do anything, but Nehemiah knows God’s word and knows that there is importance in prayer. And through prayer we will receive success and blessings from God.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV):
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
God not only wants us to focus on Him, because the other way around it is God also focussing on us. The Bible tells us that God is positive and blessings for your life are always amazing and real. Never accept that lie that God would enjoy our suffering and / or that He wouldn’t bless all of us.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Job 38:4-7 (NIV):
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
In these verses we again read on the how more powerful God is then anything here on earth. The fact that God existed before the earth and that the earth was/is created by God, should tell you enough.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Psalm 19:1 (NIV):
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
As I wrote in a previous daily devotional was that we need to visit and see the nature to slightly being able to comprehend how powerfull God is. Here again we see how God is described in comparison with nature. See it is not human investions that God uses to make this link, no he uses His creation!
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Revelation 1:7 (NIV):
7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”So shall it be! Amen.
All that will happen is already in the Bible. We are not left totally in the dark and God lets us know of the end-time and all that will happen. I believe He informed us on this part of the future, because unlike most future wordly events, are not important in comparison with what God has told us about the future: the end times.
What I also receive from this verse is the fact that we should never have any doubt and can easily dismiss people that claim they are Jesus. There is one simple thing to judge it on: did we she Him come from the sky? No, then He is not Jesus. God tells us that all can see, so we will have seen something ourselves.
A part of the above has already come to pass. Are we now technically not able to show all of us the return of Jesus? Yes, with things like television and internet, we are indeed able.