Daily Devotional

  • Bursting Through the Clouds
    on May 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Have you ever thought about the kingdom of God bursting through the clouds? What a glorious day that will be! I had the opportunity to spend the summer in Atlanta (or as some say, ?Hotlanta?), Georgia. My routine, at least on most days, included early morning meditation and prayer walking. One particular morning I was inspired by the cool temperature, the refreshing breeze, and the many sights and sounds of nature. I gazed at the scampering of the squirrels, the mist of water on every blade of grass, and the rich greenery of the trees reaching for the sky. I noticed the fragrant flowers opening their petals to receive their morning strength. Then I beheld it?a spectacular, bright yellow and orange sun bursting through the sky; for an instant, it seemed to move the trees and birds aside to make space for itself! I lingered to take in the beauty of this moment and captured the memory in my brain like a camera capturing a photograph. The rising sun in the east immediately filled my mind with thoughts about that magnificent day when Christ will burst through the clouds and receive His people, a glorious appearance seen by every eye. My heart was overwhelmed at the thought of this wonderful day. What a blessed hope this is, shining like the sun in our hearts! May we enjoy the beauty on earth as we wait for Christ?s coming. May we do good works as we prepare our hearts to meet our Savior and King, Jesus. Don?t you want to be there? I do. And along the lines of Jeff Wood?s song ?Side by Side,? we can plan to meet one another in heaven and, in the meantime, fervently pray for one another to be there. LEARN MORE: https://adventistbookcenter.com/love-you-more-2017-women-s-devotional.html

  • Creation P2
    on May 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The seventh-day Sabbath is a foundational institution established at Creation. The law of the Sabbath is written by God?s own finger in stone as the sign by which humanity acknowledges His Creatorship and His sovereignty over their lives throughout the span of earth?s history (Rev 12:17; 14:7). It is the fourth, culminating commandment defining and protecting our relationship with Him as expressed in the first table of the decalogue. The next command, the fifth commandment, connects our vertical relationship with God and our horizontal relationship with the rest of humanity. ?Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you? (Exodus 20:12). These two commandments are unique in two ways. First, they are the only two commandments spoken as a command, with no prohibition. The fourth commandment begins with ?remember,? and the fifth commandment with ?honor.? Second, they define our relationships with God and humans by appealing to one?s sources of existence. God created humans and granted them the gift of procreation. The fourth commandment is a call to honor God as the Creator, and the fifth commandment is an appeal to honor one?s parents as procreators. Why does God link honoring our parents with exclusive worship of Him? The answer lies in the first chapter of Genesis. In a small way, God, as the Creator of the universe and Source of all life, has shared with earthly parents the joy of creation. They are partners with God in populating the planet. As such, their position and role in creation deserve honor from their children. LEARN MORE: https://adventistbookcenter.com/how-to-interpret-scripture-2q20-bible-bookshelf.html

  • Creation: Genesis as Foundation P2
    on May 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    In God?s Word only we find an authentic account of creation. . . . In this Word only can we find a history of our race unsullied by human prejudice or human pride. . . . Here we may hold communion with patriarchs and prophets and listen to the voice of the Eternal as He speaks with men. Here we behold the Majesty of Heaven, as He humbled Himself to become our substitute and surety, to cope single-handed with the powers of darkness and to gain the victory in our behalf. A reverent contemplation of such themes as these cannot fail to soften, purify, and ennoble the heart and at the same time to inspire the mind with new strength and vigor. ?My Life Today, p. 107. When the mind is stored with Bible truth, its principles take deep root in the soul, and the preference and tastes become wedded to truth, and there is no desire for debasing, exciting literature that enfeebles the moral powers and wrecks the faculties God has bestowed for usefulness. Bible knowledge will prove an antidote for the poisonous insinuations received through unguarded reading. ?Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 1, p. 96. The works of His creation upon each successive day were called good; but man, formed in the image of his Creator, was pronounced ?very good.? No other creature that God has made has called forth such exhibitions of His love. And when all was lost by sin, God gave His dear Son to redeem the fallen race. It was His will that they should not perish in their sins, but live to use their powers in blessing the world and honoring their Creator. Professed Christians who do not live to benefit others . . . will be called to account by the Master for their abuse of the blessings which He has given them. ?Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, pp. 562, 563. Learn More: https://adventistbookcenter.com/how-to-interpret-scripture-ellen-g-white-notes-2q20.html

  • My Prayer for You
    on May 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    It seems like a lifetime ago that I was that little girl just discovering a God who loved me and praying simple prayers of faith. It?s amazing how much He has done in my life since then. The places He?s taken me. The opportunities He?s given me. My mom was just saying yesterday that if anyone had told her back then what I?d be doing now, she would never have believed it. But, that?s what God does? He transforms our lives. I tell my sons, ?God loves you more than I do, and it?s hard to believe that anyone can love you more than I do. He has an adventure planned for you, and you are not going to want to miss it.? I think they know it?s true. They?ve seen the adventures God has taken me on? from that shy little girl in the back row to a woman who travels the country speaking to groups about God, His love, and His longing for them. They see how He uses me, allowing my words? written and spoken? to impact others. I know it?s not me. I know it?s all Him. And I am amazed. But yes, there are days when I struggle. Battle. Feel like giving up. I worry way too much about my weight. I want so very much to make a difference in the world, but many days I feel like I?m not accomplishing anything. And I?m often tempted to feel like I?m such a mess there?s no way God can ever use me. Of course, He loves proving that?s not true. Reminding me that it?s not about me and who I am or what I do. It?s all about Him and who He is and what He?s done. Learn More: https://adventistbookcenter.com/teach-us-to-pray-women-s-sharing-book-2017.html

  • Twenty-Six to One
    on May 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Hesed came to have such enormous meaning and conceptual content for the prophets that translators have struggled to limit themselves to any single English equivalent. In various Bible translations we find hesed rendered as: Mercy, Unfailing love, Steadfast love, Faithful love, Lovingkindness All of these translations are helpful and all of them leave yet more to be understood. One scholar suggested to me that hesed is so large with meaning that it would require 26 different English words to adequately encompass its richness in Hebrew thought. He didn?t name the 26 words he had in mind, and it may have been an arbitrarily chosen number to make a point. But I have come up with my own list after surveying hesed?s usage throughout the Hebrew Bible. Hesed means God is characterized by: Faithfulness, Mercy, Compassion, Changelessness, Determination, Constancy, Reliability, Commitment, Dependability, Predictability, Trustworthiness, Integrity, Patience, Hope, Devotion, Passion, Longsuffering, Justice, Truthfulness, Goodness, Kindness, Grace, Loyalty, Generosity, Faith It?s all there as you read the breathtaking story from Genesis to Revelation. Who could possibly not long for and worship a God like that? If such a God does rule the universe, can you imagine any more desirable prospect than to know this God? LEARN MORE: https://adventistbookcenter.com/a-god-named-desire-1.html

  • Prayer: The Channel of Blessing
    on May 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Through prayer we, too, open our hearts to everything Jesus has for us. We lay our souls bare to receive the fullness of His power. ?Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him? (Steps to Christ, p. 93). In all healthy relationships there is the desire to communicate with the person we care about. Prayer opens our hearts to speak with God just like we would a close friend or companion. The Upper Room was a place of communion with God, a place where the disciples prayed individually and united in corporate prayer. They ?met together to present their requests to the Father in the name of Jesus. They knew that they had a Representative in heaven, an Advocate at the throne of God. In solemn awe they bowed in prayer, repeating the assurance, ?Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.? John 16:23, 24. Higher and still higher they extended the hand of faith, with the mighty argument, ?It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.? Romans 8:24? (The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 35, 36) LEARN MORE: https://adventistbookcenter.com/10-days-in-the-upper-room.html

  • The God of Physics and Beauty
    on May 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Whenever someone asks me about my job, I respond, ?I teach physics.? I often receive, in response, a puzzled look, as in, ?How can you like that subject, so full of boring laws and regulations?? But now I ask you, have you ever considered that without these laws, we would not be here on planet Earth? We?d simply fly around without touching the ground, since the law of gravity would not exist. However, God created this law during the Creation week (Genesis 1), along with all the others needed for order and structure with the sole purpose of ruling our existence. Not even one tiny essential detail was left out of this process. Amazingly, our God of laws (as studied in physics) is also our God who loves array and aesthetics. Simply put, He also created?and loves?beauty. He took time to form the first woman, Eve, and made her exceedingly beautiful, designing every inch of her body. God?s love of beauty was evident throughout sacred history in the high priest?s breastplate (Exodus 28:17?20) and in Solomon?s temple, so full of beauty and splendor. And our ultimate place to worship Him for eternity will also be in the midst of gold, gemstones and geometry, brilliance, and beauty! I?m looking forward to heaven, where we?ll worship God in the midst of precious stones. I?ll learn new laws of physics while basking in the beauty of the New Jerusalem. I try to imagine the twelve gemstones of the Holy City?s foundation, each one of a different color. And physics will explain the perfection that we are seeing and enjoying with Him, our God of beauty, order, symmetry, and loving laws. Will you not join me in worshiping Him? For only He is worthy to receive glory, honor, praise, blessings, wisdom, strength, and power! Amen! See you there! LEARN MORE: https://adventistbookcenter.com/love-you-more-2017-women-s-devotional.html