Daily Devotional for August 29
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 23:26 (KJV):
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
Proverbs 23:26 (AMP):
26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways.
Thought for the Day
This verse is an invitation to come to the Lord and learn His ways. Through Moses, God formally commanded that we love Him with all our hearts, souls, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5). Here, through Solomon, God addresses us intimately and tenderly as His children. He longs that we willingly give Him our hearts every day and observe His ways by reading the Bible and following its teachings. Jesus said "If you [really] love Me you will keep (obey) My commands" (John 14:15, AMP). Because He made us, God knows what is best; and it is because of His love that He fervently desires what is best for us. "O that you would always have this same heart to fear me and observe my commandments that it might be well with you and your children always" (Deuteronomy 5:29).
The Hebrew word for heart refers to the seat of our affections, intellect, understanding and insight. The Lord is asking us to give Him the love of our hearts and the full attention of our minds. We can know God if we turn to Him with all our hearts. Jeremiah 24:7 says, "And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart."
Once we are born again, we must walk in the Spirit to grow in Christ. The "new birth" is not a religion, not living up to a creed, not a set of rituals, nor joining a church or denomination. It is a transformation. Our old nature is changed and we receive a new one. Old things pass away and all things become new in Christ. We receive a new heart, new desires, new ideas, and a new direction because of this new nature. A birth is the coming into being of a new life which has the nature of its parents. When you were born the first time, you were made a partaker of the nature of natural man. When you are "born again," you become a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). God can then become our heavenly Father. One of the best ways to grow in God is to "Set [our] affections on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:2) and to be careful about what we look at. We tend to imitate what we love and admire. We need to turn our eyes away from evil things and keep the Word of God in front of us. This is very important because the things we see influence us.
"I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person" (Psalm 101:2-4).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, we come in Jesus' name, thanking You for Your love toward us as mortals. Give us a revelation of Your true nature and character, so that we might be able to trust You and follow You at all costs. Let us take this revelation and share it with those that do not know You as a loving God. Lord, let us never blame You for the sin and evil in the world, but rather let us look to our own hearts and allow You to cleanse us of those things that offend You. May we daily walk in more knowledge of You and Your ways. You are the mighty God who desires to do good to us. Lord, make me whole spirit, soul and body. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
[Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Proverbs 16:20; Romans 4:20-21; 2 Chronicles 13:18; Psalm 46:1-2; Psalm 118:8-9; Psalm 37:23-24; Psalm 34:8-9
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust. Even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. The darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. I will trust, and not be afraid.
Psalm 4:8; Psalm 91:5; Psalm 91:4; Matthew 23:37; Psalm 121:3-5; Psalm 61:4; Psalm 139:12; Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:23; Isaiah 12:2