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Lord, Help Me to Accept Responsibility for My Mistakes–Deuteronomy 1:37


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses was reviewing the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. I was confused my Moses statement:

And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land!” —Deuteronomy 1:37

It seemed that Moses was blaming Your decision for him to NOT enter the Promised Land on the Israelites. When I read the original journey in Numbers it definitely seemed like Moses fault to me:

So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord.  Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?”  Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”  This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them. –Numbers 20:9-13

Lord, I realize there may be more to this than I understand, but to me it seems like Moses was saying to the Israelites, “It’s your fault I got so mad.”  “It’s your fault I didn’t demonstrate God’s holiness.”

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS!

Lord, forgive me for the times in my life I’ve blamed other people for my mistakes.  Help me to accept responsibility for my mistakes. Holy Spirit, remind me of the lessons learned from these mistakes.  Use my mistakes for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Lord, Help Me to Carry the Loads of Those Who are Hurting—Numbers 4:31-33

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 4:1-5:31

Heavenly Father, I wonder if the Merarites were disappointed when they were given their “special purpose”?

As we’ve learned in Exodus, the Levites were chosen by God to take care of the Tabernacle.  Today we saw the Lord hand out duties for the different divisions of the Levites. All the Merarites who were between the ages of 30 and 50 and eligible had one duty…one job…one ministry:

Their only duty at the Tabernacle will be to carry loads. They will carry the frames of the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the posts, and the bases; also the posts for the courtyard walls with their bases, pegs, and ropes; and all the accessories and everything else related to their use. Assign the various loads to each man by name.  So these are the duties of the Merarite clans at the Tabernacle. They are directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.” Numbers 4:31-33  (Emphasis mine)

Lord, what if Your special purpose for my life is to carry loads?

Not like the Merarites, who carried the pieces of the Tabernacle but carrying the loads of the hurting, lost, orphaned, or widowed of our families, churches, communities or world.

It took strong backs for the Merarites to hand-carry the Tabernacle each time God said, “It’s time to pack up and move.”

What does it take to carry the loads of the lost, hurting, orphaned, or widowed?

Lord, You asked me some tough questions as I read today’s scriptures:

  • Dianne, are you willing to carry the loads of the hurting?
  • Are you willing to suffer so that you can truly understand the pain of others?
  • Are you willing to walk a hard road so that your experiences will help someone who literally wouldn’t survive without you?
  • Is another person worth that much to you?

Father, these are very hard questions.  Lord, I’m glad You are carrying out Your plans and purposes for my life without asking my permission. I most likely would have said, “No” to the hard times in my life, if I were given a choice. I’m just not that self-sacrificing.

Jesus,  You know who needs a word of encouragement, a hot meal, some groceries, their house cleaned, a ride to the doctor, a real friend…the list could go on and on.

Heavenly Father, I want to carry the loads of those who are suffering.  Use the pain of my past to give others hope. Touch my heart.  Make me willing.  Give me eyes to see what You see!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:Numbers 6:1-27, Numbers 10:1-36

Lord, What is Your View of Suffering?

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 40:6-42:17

Heavenly Father, I read this commentary in the margin of my Bible that shared four views of suffering…

Satan’s view: People believe in God only when they are prospering and not suffering. This is wrong.

The view of Job’s friends: Suffering is God’s judgment for sin. This is not always true.

Elihu’s view: Suffering is God’s way to teach, discipline, and refine. This is true, but an incomplete explanation.

God’s View: Suffering causes us to trust God for who He is, not what He does.  —Chronological Life Application Bible

Lord, I don’t want to be like a spoiled child, only sweet, kind and nice when I’m getting MY WAY. No one wants to suffer but I trust You to never leave me. I trust You to help me to get through life’s tough times. I trust You to have a plan for the pain. I trust You to use my suffering for Your Glory and my good!

Lord, thank You for Job. Thank You for giving us the back-story of his suffering.

We trust you.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25, 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a, Exodus 3:1-4:17 

Lord, Why Aren’t You Answering Me? –Job 30:20


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 30:1-31:40

Heavenly Father, I felt so sorry for Job as I read today’s passage. As I put myself in His place, it is unimaginable to survive that much loss, but in today’s reading, the losses that had him in the depths of despair seemed to be pushing him over the edge:

  • The “seemingly” loss of communication with his God
  • The feeling of failing to please his God

I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you,

but you don’t even look.

Job 30:20

Father, just like Job when we’re going through the greatest trials of our lives we sometimes feel like You’ve abandoned us. We may not say the words out loud but the thought, “how could You be watching and allowing this to happen,” definitely crosses our minds.  And right behind that question is what did I do or what didn’t I do?   We start going through a checklist of good behaviors, “Haven’t I been faithful in ________?

Jesus, sometimes our life just doesn’t make sense.  Yes, most of us know the end of Job’s story and we know why he’s gone through so much, but we don’t know the end our own stories and we sure don’t know the ‘why’s’.

But we have hope that Job didn’t have:

  • We have Your written Word that gives us insight into Your nature
  • Our lives have been redeemed by Jesus Christ
  • We are no longer slaves to the evil one

Holy Spirit, remind us of the hope we have in You, through Your Word remind us of the promises You’e made.  Help us to trust You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:1-34:37

Lord, Tell Me What I Have Done Wrong–Job13:23

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 12:1-14:22

Heavenly Father, when I read Job’s words, “Tell me what I have done wrong,” I realize that just like Job that’s the first thing we think when tough times come our way.  Help us to learn from the story of Job.  Thanks to Your Word, we know Job didn’t do anything wrong.  We know You had complete confidence in Job.  Yet, he still had to walk through his trials.

Jesus, thank you for coming, dying and going back to heaven.  Thank you for taking on our sins so that we can be assured of eternal life.  Thank you for forgiveness.

Lord, thank you for the hope we have in You!  Help us to remember we live in a sinful world and because of that there will be hard places, but when trials come, help us to look to You, our rescuer!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 15:1-18:21

Lord, Teach Me How to Comfort the Hurting–Job 6:14

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 5:1-7:21

Heavenly Father, as I read Eliphaz’ words and tone as he instructed, rebuked, and accused Job of sinning to bring on the wrath of God, I began to play back tapes of times in my life when I had been comforted in the same manner as Job. Yes, just like Job they were well-meaning family and friends, yet their words were like daggers from an enemy.

But I also remember times when I’ve been the one to throw the knife of cutting words to someone I was trying to comfort.  I’ve been the one to say, “If I were you, I would ______.

Lord help us to realize–

  • You need no defense
  • Life on this earth doesn’t make sense sometimes
  • We aren’t supposed to have the answers
  • “I’m sorry” and “What can I do to help you during this difficult time?” are all most people need to hear

Holy Spirit, anoint us to comfort others in their pain and sorrow. Help us to be Your representative to the hurting. Show us someone who is in need of Your comfort today. Use us to bring honor to You, Jesus.

In Your Holy Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 8:1-11:20

“Lord, Do We Have to Read the Book of Job?”


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Job 1:1-4:21

Heavenly Father, most Christians who have been around preaching, teaching and Bible study for any length of time have heard of Job.  We’ve heard of him. We don’t want his kind of life, and we sure don’t want to read about him; after all, his problems could be contagious!  

Of course I’m joking,  Job is a critical book in understanding the life of a Christian.  Lord, give us the desire to stick with our study of Job.

Lord, help us as we begin our study of Job to learn three things:

  1. More about Your nature
  2. More about Satan’s nature
  3. How to overcome our fears

Jesus, help us to want to be like Job, blameless–a man or woman of complete integrity, who fears God and stays away from evil.

Holy Spirit, help us to realize there’s a spirit world that’s functioning simultaneously with our earthly world.  Help us to understand that we have a real enemy, Satan, who’s greatest desire is to keep us from having a relationship with You, Lord.

Father, help us to realize the part our fears can play in our spiritual destruction.  Teach us to bring our fears to You and leave them.

Lord, speak to us through Your Word today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Job 5:1-7:21

God, Did You Send Me Here?–Genesis 45:5


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15

But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. —Genesis 45:5

Heavenly Father, surely You didn’t send me here?

This can’t be Your best for me.

My current situation just couldn’t be in Your plan for my life.

God, would you really allow this to happen to me?

Father, if we’re honest we all ask these questions from time to time. Jesus, use the story of Joseph to give us hope in our difficult places.  He went through thirteen years of being in a place he would have never chosen to be.  Lord, You orchestrated every detail of those thirteen years so that at the exact time and place You would use Joseph, one person, to save the whole Jewish race.  Help us to see this as more than a Bible story, help us to really believe that You did this for Joseph and You will rescue us as well.

Lord, there are folks reading this prayer who are fighting for their lives. I have friends and family who have children and grandchildren who are chronically ill; waiting for a miracle.  Everywhere we go, people are stressed and overwhelmed.  Some haven’t had a job in months. Many are wondering if You have forgotten them…wondering if You really love them.

Lord, let us grab on to Joseph’s story and realize that if You had a plan for Joseph’s pain, You have a plan for ours as well.  Help us to really believe that You see every tear and understand the depth of our pain.  Let us grasp the fact that You are all-powerful and are a miracle-working God.

Holy Spirit, send supernatural hope to everyone who reads this prayer.  Help them to be refreshed and renewed in their hard place. Fill them with belief and trust in You.

Jesus, squeeze every bit of good You can get out of our hard times. If we have to be in this place, use it for Your Glory, use it to cause others to know You more.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen an Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:16-47:27

Lord, It’s Beyond My Power to Do This–Genesis 41:16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 40:1-23; Genesis 35:28-29; Genesis 41:1-57

Heavenly Father, help us realize there are many things in our life that are beyond our power to control.  But Father, help us to know even more, You are all-powerful and nothing is too difficult for You.

Holy Spirit, help us to see that coming to the end of ourselves is not a bad thing, it’s a great thing.  As we can see from today’s reading Joseph had to get to a point where His only hope was God to be able to be used greatly by God.

“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” Genesis 41:16

Heavenly Father, Your plan + our desperate situation = the makings of a miracle!

Lord, help us to focus on Your power, Your strength, and Your sovereignty!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15

Dear Lord, Send Your Angels Ahead of Us–Genesis 2:7


 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 21:8-23:20; Genesis 11:32; Genesis 24:1-67

Heavenly Father, Oh that we would have the faith of Abraham!

For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son.Oh that we would believe that in every day and in every situation You Lord are sending Your angels ahead of us.  Holy Spirit, if we could ever get this, our lives would be changed forever. Genesis 24:7

Jesus we give You our situation and the outcome.  Send Your angels and orchestrate Your Will.  Holy Spirit help us to believe and trust that You will bring Your best to pass!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:1-4; 1 Chronicles 1:32-33; Genesis 25:5-6, 12-18; 1 Chronicles 1:28-31, 34; Genesis 25:19-26, 7-11

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