Friday, July 6, 2018

Today’s Reading: Genesis 20-21

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One of the many stone covered walkways in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Key Verses: Genesis 21:2-3

For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 

 

Abraham named the baby Isaac, which means, “laughter,” for good reasons. (1) When Abraham was promised by God that he would have a son with his wife, Sarah, Abraham “fell on his face and laughed” (Gen. 17:17). (2) When Sarah heard the promise of God she laughed also, but it was a different laugh. Abraham laughed for joy and Sarah laughed because of unbelief (Gen. 18:12). (3) The promise, of which Isaac was the heir, has become a cause for laughter as an expression of joy down through the ages. Isaac was born “at the set time.” God is rarely early in fulfilling His promises, but He is never late! God is punctual. His promised mercies may not come on our schedule. They will come in His timing. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord, I heard that someone prayed, “Dear Lord, give me patience, and please hurry up!” That thought brings me laughter, and that’s okay with You. I pray that Your joy will fill my heart. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I make sure I watch the 100 Huntley Street telecast every day. Even if I’m not near a TV set, I can watch it on the internet at www.100huntley.com. I pay close attention to every word spoken, to the body language, and to the visuals shown. You see, these television productions were promised to Norma-Jean and me years ago. My wife had the vision of a continent-wide TV ministry before I did. I laughed at her definite statement. I had unbelief, but God did it anyway. There we were, in a small congregation in a small village. How could this ever be? I look back now and marvel at the plan and grace of God. If you want to see what God has done over the years, click here and browse around the website. Now I laugh for joy realizing that God has done “more than we could ever ask or think according to the power that works within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Yours with joyful laughter,

David

 

10 thoughts on “Friday, July 6, 2018

  1. What good words of wisdom from Dr. Jim Denison:

    “You were created by your Father with unique gifts and abilities. You have opportunities to serve your Lord and your neighbor that are yours alone. Never minimize these.
    But never believe that you earned God’s gifts (by definition, gifts cannot be earned, only received). And never believe that his gifts make you more valuable than anyone else. The God who loves you loves them just as much.
    This understanding of humility enables us to respond to hatred and sin with love and grace. It empowers us to shine the light of compassion into a culture dominated by bitterness. It offers others what their souls long for—someone who will love them as they are.”

    Grateful the heat wave is over in Ontario. Thank you Jesus. Living in Alberta usually means cooler temps but we can get pretty warm too. Blessings on all saints this fine day.

  2. “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”(2 Cor. 1:20). When God makes a promise to us, we are to hold on in faith that He will perform it in His time. Today’s reading teaches us that. Amen?

  3. Thank you Linda for those words of wisdom by Dr. Jim Denison. The heat wave has been broken today in the Maritimes as well. Thank you Jesus!

  4. Thank You, Lord God, for the Bible. It’s amazing to look back and see Your hand in history. And to hear all Your names; in this case, the Eternal God – the One who is with us today and will be with us always.
    Father, please give us courage and wisdom to be faithful witnesses for You, as Abraham was in his day and David in his. Please bless and keep all Your children in Your faithful care, I ask in Jesus’s Holy Name, amen

  5. Thank you Reynold for your faithfulness for the photos that exemplify the scripture of the day. Thank you David for your words of wisdom:

    Above thank you Ron and Ann Mainse for your faithfulness in continuing to bring this fresh manna to us daily!

    Always good to read the bloggers’ comments: Be bless saints of the Lord!

  6. You better believe it! WHAT A GREAT GOD WE HAVE! He is so good! He is so on point, HE LOVES US UNCONDITIONALLY, that is AMAZING!!!!!1
    Praise & Thank the Lord the boys were found in the caves, a friend found a very good job, we have freedom of speech and worship in Canada!
    AMAZING GRACE! HOW SWEET THE SOUND! AMEN AMEN AMEN

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