Our Daily Bread
- READ: Colossians 1:3-14
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son. —Colossians 1:13
Buying and selling real estate in the US is tricky business these days.
Housing prices have dropped significantly, and if you’re trying to
unload commercial property it’s even more difficult. So, in the game of
real estate, it remains important to keep this old adage in mind: “The
three most important things to know about buying and selling property
are location, location, location!”
The same is true of living for Jesus. Knowing our location spiritually is
critical if we are to succeed in navigating through the greatly devalued territory of our world. Paul reminds us that we have a new location in
Christ, having been delivered “from the power of
darkness and conveyed . . . into the kingdom of the Son” (Col. 1:13).
Knowing that we have been relocated by His amazing grace into the
kingdom of Jesus makes a difference. Jesus now reigns as King in our
hearts and minds, and we are His grateful subjects. His will is our will and His ways become patterns for all of life and behavior. And when we
are forced to make a choice, our allegiance is to Him.
So, when the temptations and the seductions of the darkness from which you
have been removed threaten His reign in your heart, remember your new
postal code: Colossians 1:13! —Joe Stowell
Where Jesus reigns there is no fear,
No restless doubt, no hopeless tear,
raging sea nor tempest dread,
But quietness and calm instead. —Anon.
The subjects of the kingdom should display the manners of the court.
- READ: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Do you know which psalm is quoted most often in the New Testament? You may have guessed the familiar and beloved 23rd Psalm, but actually it is
Psalm 22. This psalm begins with David’s poignant, heart-breaking words
that were quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34).
Imagine the situation David must have found himself in that caused him to cry
out to God in this way. Notice that he felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). He also felt ignored: “O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear” (v.2).
Ever been there? Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why
it seemed that God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you? Welcome to
David’s world. But for every plaintive cry David expresses, there is a
characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from despondency.
Through it all, David discovers that God is holy (v.3), trustworthy
(vv.4-5), a deliverer and rescuer (vv.8,20-21), and his strength (v.19).
Do you feel forsaken? Seek the Lord. Rehearse His character. And “let your heart rejoice with everlasting joy” (v.26 nlt). —Dave Branon
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about
my life. When those times come, please remind me
of Your character as You did David. Help me to
lean on You again and know that You are there.
Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.