GPS: September 24

By September 24, 2014Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 3:3-6, 10-14  

John went throughout the region of the Jordan River, calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. This is just as it was written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet, a voice crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The crooked will be made straight and the rough places made smooth. All humanity will see God’s salvation.” The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” He answered, “Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. They said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He replied, “Collect no more than you are authorized to collect.” Soldiers asked, “What about us? What should we do?” He answered, “Don’t cheat or harass anyone, and be satisfied with your pay.” 

Food For Thought:

“Our questions can serve us well in a time such as this, a time of grace uncertainty, of soaring potential, of fragile yet resilient hope. Our questions and questing are crucial, because they can help us live into the answer of the future. I am certain of one thing: the love that is God is at the heart of the answer, just as it is at the heart of each moment—past, present, and future. Faith today, tomorrow, and always seeks to live, to love, and to be loved fully…We act in faith, knowing that we see only dimly. But living in faith, we act anyway, choosing and doing the best we can. We act and live in confidence that someday we will see face to face, that we will live into the answers. For God’s grace embraces our questions as well as our answers and our blindness as well as our vision.” –From Wrestling till Dawn by Jean M. Blomquist

Prayer:

It is very uncommon for us to create silence in our busy lives. Today, pray some questions you have for God. Ask God questions and between each one, leave silence. Let your mind wander. Let your heart hear what God might be trying to tell you. Below are some examples you can use ― or you can create your own. God, what should I do? [Silence] God, what do you need from me? [Silence] God, where are you? [Silence] God, what’s next for me? [Silence] God, why? [Silence]         

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