Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/28/19

Today please be in prayer for

Brookville UMC
Salina District
Cawker City UMC
Glen Elder UMC
Salina District
Chapman, KS UMC
Salina District
Clay Center UMC
Salina District

Today's Lectionary Text

Jeremiah 36:1-10 

In the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today. It may be that when the house of Judah hears of all the disasters that I intend to do to them, all of them may turn from their evil ways, so that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

Then Jeremiah called Baruch son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote on a scroll at Jeremiah’s dictation all the words of the Lord that he had spoken to him. And Jeremiah ordered Baruch, saying, “I am prevented from entering the house of the Lord; so you go yourself, and on a fast day in the hearing of the people in the Lord’s house you shall read the words of the Lord from the scroll that you have written at my dictation. You shall read them also in the hearing of all the people of Judah who come up from their towns. It may be that their plea will come before the Lord, and that all of them will turn from their evil ways, for great is the anger and wrath that the Lord has pronounced against this people.” And Baruch son of Neriah did all that the prophet Jeremiah ordered him about reading from the scroll the words of the Lord in the Lord’s house.

In the fifth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the towns of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the Lord. Then, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read the words of Jeremiah from the scroll, in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper court, at the entry of the New Gate of the Lord’s house.

Today's Devotional

The first word that jumps out at me every time I read this passage is “disaster.” Let me say God does not cause disasters, He does not bring disasters. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the root of this passage. What I have spent time pondering today is the words take a scroll and write in it all the words I have spoken to you. To me that is an impossible task! From the day of my first recollection until today – that is a lot of years and a lot of words! If I could just remember them all I’d be excited. Heck, if I could only remember them from yesterday I’d be excited. Yet the point I believe, is not so much remembering every word spoken to us from God but living them in the moment that they are impressed upon us, or that we hear them, sing them, or see them.

Let’s have a little fun today – let’s write down every word that comes to us from God today. Let’s see if there is a pattern to them, or if the words are random. At the close of this day, let’s spend some time meditating on them, and just see what God has in store for us.

-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator

Prayer for Reflection

God of all words, let Your words that come to me today melt me, mold me, shape me, and fill me to become Your disciple today and always. Amen.
 

 

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