Tag: wondrous works
Scripture reading for January 12th: Genesis 21-23, Psalm 107, Mark 8
Mark 8: 1-6 “In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples to Him and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” And His disciples answered Him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” And He directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, He broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before the crowd.”
Jesus was full of compassion for the needs of ordinary people. The crowd had been with Him for three days and food was scarce in the desolate place they were staying. His solution was to call together His disciples and explain his feelings and help them reason through the alternatives. The disciples responded with a question filled with skepticism. Jesus asked them what they did have on hand–“seven loaves” was their response and ‘two small fish.’ Jesus received from them their meager supply. He took time to give God thanks and then He broke the bread and gave it to His disciples to distribute. As they set it before the crowd, the bread was miraculously multiplied to feed about four thousand men plus women and children! Jesus’ compassion brings God’s provision–in abundance! Twelve baskets were left over after all had eaten!
Genesis 22:14 “So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”/ as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Faith confession: Father God, thank You for these accounts of Your abundant compassion and provisions for those who are in need. I believe that I can call on You at any time for any need and You will provide the resources of heaven to meet the need. I praise You for Your steadfast love and wondrous provision of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice for the sins of all mankind!
Psalm 107:19-21 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He sent out His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man!”
Scripture reading for November 29th: Revelation 1, Psalm 105-106, Proverbs 23
Key Scriptures: Revelation 1:4-7 “Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead and the Ruler of kings on earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so, Amen.”
The Apostle John was an old man who had been imprisoned on Patmos, a rocky island in the Mediterranean. He was alone and in worship to God the Father and Jesus Christ, reciting praise for the mighty act of salvation wrought by Jesus Christ through the shedding of His blood. He spoke prophetically or the coming of Jesus again on the clouds of heaven and how all on earth would see Him and mourn because they did not confess Him.
Faith Confession: I worship the One who gave His blood for the forgiveness of my sins and the sins of the whole world. He is coming again in power and glory on the clouds of heaven to receive His followers. To Him be glory now and forever and ever!
Psalm 105:1-2 “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the people! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!”