September 19 Devotional

Opening Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen. - Reinhold Niebuhr 

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-2

Journal: How does dwelling in God give rest to your soul? How do you need God to be your refuge and fortress these days? Your refuge from what? How is that “storm” keeping you from resting in him? 

Reflection: We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have, and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual - even on the spiritual - plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest: forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the fundamental verb, to Be: and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of a spiritual life. (The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill)

To want, to have, to do, or to be. To which of these will the majority of my energy go today? And which of them is really worth my energy and attention anyway? I have a suspicion that unless all of the others (want, have, do) flow out of that deep inner place of being - particularly being with Jesus and being in Jesus - then all of them will amount to nothing of Kingdom value or Kingdom significance in the long run. All must flow from that place where Jesus resides deep in my soul; call it dwelling, call it abiding, call it whatever you wish, but the bottom line is that it is all about being. 

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

M. is living in an area in Southeast Asia where the Tai Lue, an unreached people group, live. She is trusting that God will open doors for the gospel and empower local brothers and sisters to make disciples among them. Pray today for three local men who go to different areas during the week to share the Good News. Thank God for the love and boldness of these men and pray that the groups they meet with will all grow close with God and learn to lead themselves and others, going out to impact their communities. 

The Knoxville Leadership Foundation or KLF focuses on five important components of community life to ensure overall health within the city: family, youth, housing, racial reconciliation, and economic development. Chris Martin is the founder and president. KLF has a transitional housing ministry in Flenniken Landing. A recent video at reclamationstories.org tells the story of one man’s “Eviction Party.” Watch it today and pray for Tommy who now has a home of his own. 

Closing Prayer: Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. - Psalm 116:5-7