Writing Sample 3: Daily Bible Devotionals

  1. Psalm 86:5

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Have you ever had a problem, reached out to God, and wondered if He would answer? In some life circumstances, it’s easy to believe that you don’t deserve to be answered. You may sound too needy or feel too sinful to come to God. It’s easy to feel like you have a laundry list of complaints that God is getting tired of hearing. Although you may feel this way, don’t stop coming to God.

The belief that God tires of your requests and would turn a deaf ear to you is a common misconception of the Lord and His character. We, as humans, will easily tire from hearing the same requests over and over again. We get irritated and neglect others who have needs. Not God.

King David wrote Psalm 86, in a time of trouble, where he described himself as oppressed and needy. David had some problems that could seem burdensome to others, but He knew that people could not help him like God could. He also knew that, even though his circumstances seemed impossible to fix, God was faithful and would answer his call.

David calls God good, forgiving, and faithful. The Lord is patient with us and our imperfections. Do you believe this of God? It doesn’t matter what state you’re in or what you have done. The important thing is that you turn to God. He will not turn you away when you call on Him. He is “ready to forgive”. God is ready! Just give Him the opportunity and He is there. He will help you smooth out your rough edges. You don’t have to do it alone. God wants to be there with you.

Prayer:

Dear God, thank You for Your endurance to love me without cost. I know it can be hard to approach You when I don’t feel like I have it all together. I pray that you place Your word in my heart to convince me that I can call on You at any time. Have me know that You won’t turn me away. Show me how You are at work in my life. Amen.

  1. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

It’s easy to get distracted with the smallest things. Things that are temporary, non-urgent, and invasive. People can unintentionally deter you from focusing on what’s important. They can pull your concentration into a scattered abyss.

That is why Deuteronomy 6 is so important. When you feel like you’re spinning into scatterbrained chaos with too many to-do’s and interruptions, stop and focus. What is your aim in life? Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Write that down and know it.

Love the Lord.

If you place your focus on loving God, you will:

    1. Increase in Wisdom: When you dwell on God and His character, your thoughts, decisions, and actions will increasingly reflect the Lord and His will. The inner maturing of your discernment will lead to a less chaotic life.
    2. Remember the Lord: Setting your focus on God will keep you attentive to His work. Your recollection of how He has helped you in the past, will give you courage and confidence for the present and future.
    3. Worship and Serve Him: Focusing on the true God will keep you from placing anything else in His place. When your focus gets deterred to other things, you’ll find yourself worshiping and serving elsewhere. Aiming to love God with your whole heart, soul, and might will lessen the likelihood of you turning your attention to idols.
    4. He will honor your pursuit of Him: God loves you and is generous in blessings. When you seek after Him, He will draw near to you. In God’s presence comes peace of mind. He will satisfy you in every way and take care of your needs.

Prayer:

Dear God, there are many who want to over complicate what it means to believe in You. Your aim for me is to know You. You’re not interested in empty rituals from me. It’s not a checked off box of distant acknowledgement You’re looking for. You want my heart, soul, and might. Thank You that You have paved a way for me to connect with You without sacrifice. Have me enjoy the freedom of focusing on You above all else. Protect me from distraction. Amen.

  1. 1 Corinthians 2:9

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

The beauty of a mystery is the pursuit for the clue that unlocks the answers. God imparted a secret into the world that He ordained before time. It was a secret beyond the comprehension of man until God chose to reveal it. That secret is the gospel.

God sprinkled clues throughout time, but did not fully give away the mystery until His will had been accomplished. In the first century, if man truly knew who Jesus was, they would’ve never crucified Him and humanity could not be saved. The mystery of the gospel is unlocked when God reveals the truth to you and your spirit intertwines with the Holy Spirit. In that moment, you are granted the mind of Christ!

Without God, no eye, ear, or heart of a man can comprehend the Spirit of God. Unsaved humanity does not understand the concept of sin. The need to be saved goes unacknowledged and the idea of being adopted into an eternal, royal family seems like a fairy tale. The need for God appears to be for weak people who need a crutch for life. The belief and life of a Christian is a mystery to them!

Yet!

To you, believer, God has given you what everyone wants: clarity. You know God exists, He is good, He made you with value and purpose, and He has given you a future secure in His Son. The adventure of this mystery unfolded has only begun. Now that you are confident in God and your identity in Him, you can take off on the next steps of your Christian journey.

Do you feel like you’re on an adventure today with God? Or does each day feel like the previous one? Ask God to show you what His purpose is for your day and look forward to experiencing it. No day is without a unique mission!

Prayer:

Dear God, I love You and You have given me the greatest gift: salvation. Have me see the purpose in my life today. I pray that You remove any preconceived ideas I may have about what today is going to look like. I want Your plan for today. Thank you for revealing to me what I, on my own, could never fathom. Amen.

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