Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

The Wisdom of the Law – Deuteronomy 4:6-8

The Reading Carefully follow them, for this will show your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the peoples. When they hear about all these statutes, they will say, ‘This great nation is indeed a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god near to it as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation has righteous statutes and ordinances like this entire law I set…

Keeping God’s Law – Deuteronomy 4:1-2

This week, we will begin an exploration into the Book of Deuteronomy, the book of Moses that was given to prepare the people of God to enter the Promised Land. In Chapter 4, Moses called the people to remember and keep the law of God. The Reading “Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to follow, so that you may live, enter, and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors,…

Let Your Light Shine – Matthew 5:16

The Reading In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Reflection This verse has bothered many Christians because it appears to conflict with Jesus’ instruction, “When you do a good work, don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3). But this restriction refers specifically to our giving to the needy and not the general…

The Light of the World – Matthew 5:14-15

The Reading “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15) Reflection Jesus intentionally puts his church on display. He uses us as part of his work to draw people to himself. He wants others to see the difference in how the people of…

The Salt of the Earth – Matthew 5:13

The Reading “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (Matthew 5:13) Reflection After blessing his followers, Jesus declared who they were. In the ancient middle east, salt was used as fertilizer, enabling a plant’s water retention and therefore its growth. Plants that were fertilized with salt had greater fruitfulness. So…

Following the Way of the Prophets – Matthew 5:11-12

The Reading “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12) Reflection The prophets were those who spoke on God’s behalf. They were moved by the Holy Spirit and spoke whatever God gave them to speak. Sometimes their words were well-received; other…

Persecuted Because of Righteousness

The Reading Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:10) Reflection Following Jesus will lead you to a way of living that is in stark contrast to the ways of the world. You will begin to make new decisions and live by the new patterns of the kingdom of God. Soon, it will become evident to the people around you that you have made a change. Some people will be…

Peacemakers – Matthew 5:9

The Reading Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Reflection  The Christian life is one that seeks peace. We first seek to be at peace with God. God offers this peace through the grace offered through his Son Jesus Christ. We then seek to be at peace with others. We obtain this peace by being merciful to others the way God has been merciful to us. It naturally follows that after we have obtained peace…

The Pure in Heart – Matthew 5:8

The Reading Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8) Reflection When we are reconciled to God and reconciled to each other, we can begin to see life clearly; that is, we begin to perceive life as God intended. When our life is in disharmony with God, we cannot see what God is doing. When we are bitter toward the people around us, our judgment is clouded, and God cannot use us as his instruments.…

Blessed are the Merciful – Matthew 5:7

The Reading Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Reflection In this blessing, Jesus expands his focus to include our relationship with other people. Whenever we are offended, our natural impulse is to pursue justice. Justice is the ordering of life whereby each person is treated fairly. Justice is indeed a characteristic of God, as God shows no favoritism. Still, because we are fallen creatures, we can easily use the idea of justice to advance our personal…