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Our Daily Bread 24th February 2021 Message Today - Never Alone

Our Daily Bread Today 24th February 2021 Message – Never Alone

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Wednesday 24th February 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: NEVER ALONE

Bible In A Year: Numbers 9–11; Mark 5:1–20

Key Verse: “Two are better than one . . . If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

Today’s Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:8–12 (NIV)

INSIGHT: The book of Ecclesiastes is unique for its grappling with “existential angst,” or the meaninglessness of life. Our days are complicated and our experiences aren’t always easily understood. Ecclesiastes reflects the confusion we all experience as we wrestle with the challenges of life; therefore, it has an almost timeless appeal. It speaks to highly personal issues, such as loneliness (4:8), that are just as relevant today as when it was first composed.

But even a subject as apparently simple as loneliness is not as straightforward as it appears. A few verses earlier in verse 4 the writer complained that one’s labor is a result of the jealousy of one for another, and yet in verse 8 the problem is not having anyone around. We don’t want to be alone, and yet certain relationships can bring pain and discomfort—perhaps leaving us wanting to be left alone! Ecclesiastes gives voice to the painful tensions we experience in life.

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD TODAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2021 MESSAGE

“It can be an affliction more harrowing than homelessness, hunger or disease,” wrote Maggie Fergusson in The Economist’s 1843 magazine. Her subject? Loneliness. Fergusson chronicled the increasing rates of loneliness, irrespective of one’s social or economic status, using heart-wrenching examples of what it feels like to be lonely.

The hurt of feeling alone isn’t new to our day. Indeed, the pain of isolation echoes off the pages of the ancient book of Ecclesiastes. Often attributed to King Solomon, the book captures the sorrow of those who seem to lack any meaningful relationships (4:7–8). The speaker lamented that it’s possible to acquire significant wealth and yet experience no value from it because there’s no one to share it with.

But the speaker also recognized the beauty of companionship, writing that friends help you accomplish more than you could achieve on your own (v. 9); companions help in times of need (v. 10); partners bring comfort (v. 11); and friends can provide protection in difficult situations (v. 12).

Loneliness is a significant struggle—God created us to offer and receive the benefits of friendship and community. If you’re feeling alone, pray that God would help you form meaningful connections with others. In the meantime, find encouragement in the reality that the believer is never truly alone because Jesus’ Spirit is always with us (Matthew 28:20). By: Lisa M. Samra

REFLECT: How might you reach out to someone who’s lonely? How have you experienced the blessing of God’s Spirit with you when you’ve felt alone?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when I feel lonely, give me courage to reach out to others with an offer of friendship.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread 24th February 2021 Message Today – Never Alone. God bless you!

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Our Daily Bread Message 26th February 2021 Today – Facing Fear

Our Daily Bread Devotional 26th February 2021 Message - Facing Fear

Our Daily Bread Message 26th February 2021 Today – Facing Fear

You are reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional for Friday 26th February 2021. May you be blessed as you read on.

TOPIC: FACING FEAR

Bible In A Year: Numbers 15–16; Mark 6:1–29

Key Verse: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” – Psalm 56:3

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 56:3–11 (NIV)

INSIGHT: The prominent theme of Psalm 56:3–11 is David’s trust in God when he’s afraid. In Scripture, we see God repeatedly calling His people to trust in Him and not be fearful. He urged Abram, Hagar, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Isaiah, and Daniel: “Do not be afraid” (Genesis 15:1; 21:17; 26:24; 46:2-3; Numbers 21:34; Joshua 1:9; Judges 6:23; Isaiah 43:5; Daniel 10:12, 19).

And God has likewise instructed others to do the same. King David urged his son Solomon, “Do not be afraid or discouraged” (1 Chronicles 28:20), and King Hezekiah encouraged his followers with similar declarations (2 Chronicles 32:6–8). When Jesus walked the earth, He often calmed His disciples’ fears with those same words (Matthew 10:28, 31; 14:27; Mark 5:36).

MESSAGE: OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL 26TH FEBRUARY 2021

Warren moved to a small town to pastor a church. After his ministry had some initial success, one of the locals turned on him. Concocting a story accusing Warren of horrendous acts, the man took the story to the local newspaper and even printed his accusations on pamphlets to distribute to local residents by mail. Warren and his wife started praying hard. If the lie was believed, their lives would be upended.

King David once experienced something similar. He faced an attack of slander by an enemy. “All day long they twist my words,” he said, “all their schemes are for my ruin” (Psalm 56:5). This sustained assault left him fearful and tearful (v. 8). But in the midst of the battle, he prayed this powerful prayer: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. . . . What can mere mortals do to me?” (vv. 3–4).

David’s prayer can be a model for us today. When I am afraid—in times of fear or accusation, we turn to God. I put my trust in you—we place our battle in God’s powerful hands. What can mere mortals do to me?—facing the situation with Him, we remember how limited the powers against us really are.

The newspaper ignored the story about Warren. For some reason, the pamphlets were never distributed. What battle do you fear today? Talk to God. He’s willing to fight it with you. By: Sheridan Voysey

REFLECT: What real fears do you face? How can David’s prayer help you deal with them?

PRAYER: Loving God, I’m afraid—and so today I put my trust in You. What can mere mortals do to me when You’re fighting for me? Thank You for the coming victory.

Thank you for reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional 26th February 2021 Message – Facing Fear. God bless you!

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