Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/27/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Nancy Brown
Howard UMC
Parsons District
Dyton Owen
Independence: First UMC
Parsons District
Art Tull
Independence: Grace Memorial UMC
Parsons District
Bill Booe
Liberty UMC
Sycamore UMC
Parsons District

Today's Lectionary Text

My God, the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham and through the ages, and the God who is, who was, and who is to come, is profoundly complex, and throughout the Bible, we are reminded of the secrets God knows and withholds from us; however, our God does share wisdom, his character, and his divine plan for salvation to his followers. 

Wisdom:

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6, ESV).

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! (Psalm 111:10, ESV). 

Today's Devotional

Plan for Salvation:

 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut. 29:29, ESV).

“Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matthew 13:10-11, ESV). 

 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:7-10, ESV). 

The mystery of God is beautiful, complex, and beyond human comprehension, still the Holy Spirit strikes a hunger in his followers to unravel it. 

I need humility from God as he rebukes me and reveals more of himself to me. I have an immeasurable amount of learning and growing to do in my pursuit of Christ. Chapter 14 of John calls the Holy Spirit the “Spirit of Truth” (17), so I know that although this world deceives me, and even as my own heart deceives me (Jer. 17:9), I can press into the Holy Spirit and the Word to receive God’s truth. Most of all, I need God’s grace. I have a long, exhausting journey ahead of me, filled with my own brokenness and sin, but Jesus renews my soul by paying the price for my sin. All the praise to God that I have a savior because if there is anything that I know, it is that I need him.

-Jack Jewett
Emporia State Campus Ministry

Prayer for Reflection

Father,

 Speak now, for your servant is listening. Humble me as I press in to seek you and to listen to your voice. Open my ears to hear you and my heart to be changed and moved by you. 

 I thank you for the ways in which you reveal your presence to me and make me more aware of how you are stirring within me and moving me toward your kingdom. Thank you for your grace and compassion, for my failures are unceasing. I don’t deserve your grace, but you are righteous, merciful, and loving, and you are showing me every day how to live more as your son, Jesus, did.

 I lay down my certainty before you, so that I may know you. You are a personal God, one who calls it beautiful to seek understanding in you—a God who calls me by name to his kingdom. I surrender myself to you, so that you may mold me into the disciple you have chosen me to be.

I give you my doubts, Lord, so I may believe in your faithfulness, for you are the God of covenants, and you righteously fulfill all of your promises. Soften my heart to believe what you have spoken and help me believe the truth of your words. 

Let a fire blaze in my soul to pursue you. Let me recognize the ways in which you chase after my own heart. Let me know the fullness of your love. Let me hide your word deep in my heart. Let me know you, Lord.

For my life is not my own. And for every breath, I am thankful for your gift of life to me.

Amen.”

 

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