Verses for Weeks 12 and 13

Week 12

This is the day which the Lord has made
Psalm 118:24

This verse came to my mind after listening to the prayer of a pastor who received the first copies of the New Testament in his language.  Listen to his rejoicing that “this is the day” that God had planned for this special event.

 I got to thinking about the days that God has planned.  There are days of great rejoicing as God has answered prayer, especially long-awaited answers to prayer.

There are days of testing.  God in His infinite wisdom planned this day for this particular test.  “This is the day.”

“This is the day” that understanding comes.  Those are wonderful days when you a truth from God’s Word becomes yours.  These days become more precious each time your read the verses again and remember again “the day.”

There is another “day” that doesn’t usually look like a day to mark as special.  That is “the day” that God points out sin in our lives.  It may be one of the most important days, because we are given the opportunity to confess our sin and to receive forgiveness from God.  It may be a hard day because humility isn’t an easy virtue to demonstrate.  When we recognize “the day” and submit ourselves before God, great peace is the result.  It is “a day” worth recognizing.

As we look back and review what God has done in our lives, we might recognize the significance of these days more clearly.  Many times we miss their importance.  It is easy to let the blessing of “the day” to get mixed up with the cares of our lives.  We would do well to mark each day as the special gift from God.  If we do, we will understand God better and recognize His blessings more quickly.  Whatever the event, . . .

This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Week 13

The week began with “for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5b), and ended with “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37).  The two verses work together well.  God is the key to success.  Working with people, especially children, can be discouraging.   It seems like they will never learn.  They seem so set in their ways.  For me as the adult I need to recognize that if I depend on God, He will help me to know what to say and do to help them make the proper change.  After all, if God could change the murderer Saul into the great missionary of the gospel Paul and the denier Paul into the caring preacher, He can change a child who is more mouldable than an adult.   If I trust God and His ways, I will see that “nothing will be impossible.

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