Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 4.27.21

By April 27, 2021Daily Bread

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

Isaiah 48:17-19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18 O that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your prosperity would have been like a river,
and your success like the waves of the sea;
19 your offspring would have been like the sand,
and your descendants like its grains;
their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before me.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

“It’s for your own good.”  Those words make me shudder.  How about you?  It takes me back to childhood.  It brings to mind being put in time out or having to clean my plate before dessert.  It brings to mind those math worksheets I hated.  “It’s for your own good.”  Ugh.

Yet, as I look back, it was true.  The discipline, the nourishment, the challenge of learning—all these things really were for my own good.  As a parent, I often heard those same words coming out of my mouth.

I never thought of those words as biblical, but here they are—Isaiah 48:17.  The prophet Isaiah is speaking for God to the people of Israel:  “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go.”  As I think about those words, it occurs to me that there have been times in my life when I haven’t really believed that, either.  Love your enemies?  Pray for those who persecute you?  Don’t lay up for yourselves treasures on earth?  Don’t worry about your life?  It’s for my own good?

I have learned, just as I learned about my childhood, that the words of Isaiah are true.  The teachings of scripture, summarized by Jesus with two verses, are truly for our own good:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.  “Do this, and you shall live,” Jesus said.  (Luke 10:28)

There is a lot of theology woven into hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “Thy Word is a Lamp”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path

When I feel afraid,
And think I’ve lost my way
Still, you’re there right beside me
Nothing will I fear
As long as you are near
Please be near me to the end

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path

I will not forget
Your love for me and yet
My heart forever is wandering
Jesus by my guide
And hold me to your side
And I will love you to the end

Nothing will I fear
As long as you are near
Please be near me to the end

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path
And a light unto my path
You’re the light unto my path

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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