September 24 – 30
Seeing Is Not Believing
Scripture: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,” –I Peter 1:8
Devotional: When I was a child, I would anticipate looking forward to certain events each year, in particular the Fall, the beginning of a new school year, Thanksgiving, and of course, my favorite holiday, Christmas! I would get so excited and so enthused as these days on the calendar approached. My level of excitement was not based on what I knew or what I could see, but it was based on knowing that my parents would ensure that we, as a family, would have a wonderful experience, regardless of the struggles that we were having financially. Now, if I had that kind of excitement about the anticipation of those events, shouldn’t my level of joy be even more for my God, who is the creator and sustainer of all things? No wonder Jesus said to his disciple, Thomas, “blessed is those who have not seen but yet they believed.”
Prayer: My Father, who art in Heaven, Holy is thy name! We bless you and we adore you for being the only true and living God; thank you for being everything to us! Now Lord, remind us to just think about your goodness and exercise our faith in you, and let us know that this joy that we have can only come from thee, in your darling Son, Jesus’ name we pray Amen!