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Our Daily Bread 16th January 2021 Today Devotional - Mighty

Our Daily Bread 16th January 2021 Today Devotional – Mighty

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional Saturday 16th January 2021. Be blessed and inspired by today’s reading.

TOPIC: MIGHTY

Bible In A Year: Genesis 39–40; Matthew 11

Key Verse: “[Goliath] looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy.” -1 Samuel 17:42

Today’s Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:32, 41–47 (NIV)

INSIGHT: Goliath considered it an insult to have David fight him because David was “little more than a boy” (1 Samuel 17:42)—“a youth” (esv)—while he was a battle-seasoned warrior (v. 33). David, the eighth and the “youngest” (16:11; 17:12, 14, Hebrew haqqāṭān) of Jesse’s sons, was consistently looked down upon, even by his own family (17:28). Haqqāṭān can mean “smallest in size” as well as youngest.

To serve in the army, an Israelite male needed to be at least twenty years old (Numbers 1:3). Three of his older brothers were in Saul’s army at this time (1 Samuel 17:13). Assuming the remaining four brothers were one year apart in age, scholars estimate David would be about fourteen to fifteen years old when he fought Goliath.

OUR DAILY BREAD 16TH JANUARY 2021 TODAY DEVOTIONAL

Baby Saybie, born as a “micro-preemie” at 23 weeks, weighed only 8.6 ounces. Doctors doubted Saybie would live and told her parents they’d likely have only an hour with their daughter. However, Saybie kept fighting. A pink card near her crib declared “Tiny but Mighty.” After five months in the hospital, Saybie miraculously went home as a healthy five-pound baby. And she took a world record with her: the world’s tiniest surviving baby.

It’s powerful to hear stories of those who beat the odds. The Bible tells one of these stories. David, a shepherd boy, volunteered to fight Goliath—a mammoth warrior who defamed God and threatened Israel. King Saul thought David was ridiculous: “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth” (1 Samuel 17:33). And when the boy David stepped onto the battlefield, Goliath “looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy” (v. 42).

However, David didn’t step into battle alone. He came “in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel” (v. 45). And when the day was done, a victorious David stood above a dead Goliath. No matter how enormous the problem, when God is with us there’s nothing that we need to fear. With His strength, we’re also mighty. By: Winn Collier

REFLECT: When do you feel small and insignificant? How can you see God present with you and strengthening you despite insurmountable odds?

PRAYER: God, I feel tiny today. Left to myself, there’s no way forward. But I trust You to be with me and guide me. I’m trusting in Your strength.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 16th January 2021 Today Devotional – Mighty

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Our Daily Bread Message 4th March 2021 Today – Knowing The Father

Our Daily Bread 4th March 2021 Today Message - Knowing The Father

Our Daily Bread Message 4th March 2021 Today – Knowing The Father

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today Thursday 4th March 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: KNOWING THE FATHER

Bible In A Year: Numbers 31–33; Mark 9:1–29

Key Verse: “Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” – John 14:9

Today’s Scripture: John 14:8–11

INSIGHT: Jesus’ response to Philip’s request to “show us the Father” (John 14:8) likely echoes Moses’ request in Exodus 33:18 (“show me your glory”). In response to Moses’ request, God promised to “cause all [His] goodness to pass” before Moses, but Moses wasn’t permitted to see His face (Exodus 33:20). Jesus’ response to Philip in John 14:9—“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”—makes it clear that Jesus is the fullest possible encounter with God’s glory.

Echoes of Moses’ request can also be heard in John 1:14, which describes witnessing in Christ “the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father.” John explains, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (v. 18).

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD 4TH MARCH 2021 TODAY MESSAGE

According to legend, British conductor Sir Thomas Beecham once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer. Believing he knew her but unable to remember her name, he paused to talk with her. As the two chatted, he vaguely recollected that she had a brother. Hoping for a clue, he asked how her brother was doing and whether he was still working at the same job.

“Oh, he’s very well,” she said, “And still king.” A case of mistaken identity can be embarrassing, as it was for Sir Beecham. But at other times it may be more serious, as it was for Jesus’ disciple Philip. The disciple knew Christ, of course, but he hadn’t fully appreciated who He was. He wanted Jesus to “show [them] the Father,” and Jesus responded, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8–9).

As God’s unique Son, Christ reveals the Father so perfectly that to know one is to know the other (vv. 10–11). If we ever wonder what God is like in His character, personality, or concern for others, we only need to look to Jesus to find out. Christ’s character, kindness, love, and mercy reveal God’s character.

And although our amazing, awesome God is beyond our complete comprehension and understanding, we have a tremendous gift in what He’s revealed of Himself in Jesus. By: Con Campbell

REFLECT: How well do you know God’s character? How does it match your perception of who Jesus is?

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to grow in my knowledge and appreciation of who You are.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 4th March 2021 Today Message – Knowing The Father. God bless you!

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