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Our Daily Bread 17th January 2021 Today Devotional - The Wonderful One

Our Daily Bread 17th January 2021 Today Devotional – The Wonderful One

You are reading Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today Sunday 17th January 2021. Be blessed and inspired by today’s reading.

TOPIC: THE WONDERFUL ONE

Bible In A Year: Genesis 41–42; Matthew 12:1–23

Key Verse: “There before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.” – Revelation 4:2

Today’s Scripture: Revelation 4:4–11 (NIV)

INSIGHT: In Revelation 4:8–11, the elders, angels, and four living creatures remind us God is worthy of worship. “The Lord God Almighty” (v. 8) is a term that means “powerful and immovable.” Additionally, God’s eternality and authority are reflected in the reference to Him as the one “who was, and is, and is to come” (v. 8).

This indicates that He’s sovereign over time—past, present, and future. The elders show their honor of God by laying down their crowns—their symbols of authority—before Him (v. 10). He’s worthy of the praise of His creation (v. 11).

OUR DAILY BREAD 17TH JANUARY 2021 TODAY DEVOTIONAL

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion return to Oz with the broomstick that empowered the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wizard had promised, in return for the broomstick, that he would give the four their deepest desires: a ride home for Dorothy, a brain for the Scarecrow, a heart for the Tin Man, and courage for the Cowardly Lion.

But the Wizard stalls and tells them to come back the next day. While they plead with the Wizard, Dorothy’s dog Toto pulls back the curtain, behind which the Wizard spoke, to reveal that the Wizard isn’t a wizard at all, he’s just a fearful, fidgety man from Nebraska. It’s said that the author, L. Frank Baum, had a serious problem with God, so he wanted to send the message that only we have the power to solve our problems.

In contrast, the apostle John pulls back the veil to reveal the truly Wonderful One behind the “curtain.” Words fail John (note the repeated use of the preposition like in the passage), but the point is well made: God is seated on His throne, surrounded by a sea of glass (Revelation 4:2, 6). Despite the troubles that plague us here on earth (chs. 2–3), God isn’t pacing the floor and biting His nails. He’s actively at work for our good, so we can experience His peace. By: David H. Roper

REFLECT: What do you fear today? How does it help you to know that God controls the troubles that surround you? How can you better trust and surrender to Him?

PRAYER: I’m grateful, God, that I can count on You to walk with me through everything. Thank You for Your peace.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 17th January 2021 Today Devotional – The Wonderful One. God bless you!

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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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