Daily Archives: October 14, 2020

1 Kings 17; Colossians 4; Ezekiel 47; Psalm 103

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

“Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” – 1 Kings 17: 15-24 NIV

Faithfulness in Your instruction is what You want from us, Lord. Do I doubt what You can do if I am faithful? You can bring life.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:2-6(emphasis added) NIV

Open doors, Lord Jesus, to spread Your gospel. My grandfather was a very special man. With only little more than an 8th grade education, he worked day and night in our family’s produce store, providing for his family in the best way he could. My favorite thing about him, though, was that he would talk to anyone ,anywhere. Waiting in line at the post office, making friends with the grocery clerk. Everywhere he went, he made people feel welcome. He spread Christ through extending love to outsiders. Who is on the outside today that needs Christ’s love? Lord, make me a vessel.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

– Psalm 103:11-12, 17-18(emphasis added) NIV

Your love is everlasting. When I explain to my kids the length of a car ride or try to put things in their perspective in teaching, I use reference points that they understand. Lord, how long is everlasting? I believe in Your love that truly is.

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