May 30 Devotional

Opening Prayer: O Lord my God, how incredibly tragic that we went from naked and unashamed to I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid. O how far the fall. Forgive us. Renew us. Restore us. Have mercy on us, O Lord. Amen.

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-13

Journal: Where are you?

Reflection: Did God not know where Adam was? Of course he did. After all, he’s God, right? Why then the question? Most likely because God wanted Adam to know where Adam was. God wanted Adam to recognize that just moments before that first bite was taken, he and his new wife stood before God (and each other) naked and unashamed. And now, as a result of their choice, everything had changed. In the blink of an eye they had gone from totally known and totally loved to fearful, hiding, and filled with shame. God knew it oh too well, he just wanted Adam to know it too.

Knowing where you are is a very important part of any journey. Just try using a map to find a desired destination without knowing your starting point. It just doesn’t work. It is the same with the spiritual journey. In order to get where we long to go, we must know where we are. That’s why God asked Adam, and that’s why God asks us, “Where are you?”

Where are you these days? What is the state of your life? What is the state of your soul? And where do you think God wants to take you?

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

Lucky & Sonnet Mnisi are South African and serve in Mozambique. Lucky has pastored the Reformed Church in Mucatine, and has helped plant other churches in Gaza Province, including Chake. Lucky is a discipler of young men and has a mentoring role among those he serves. Lucky and Sonnet and their family are now living in Chokwe where Lucky pastors a church they planted. Pray today for their church family to grow in faith and learn to reach out to others in the community.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is committed to the evangelism of boys and girls through Good News Clubs, the Tennessee Valley Fair and any other means to reach the children of the Knoxville community. Good News Club is a ministry in which trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes and just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Pray today for the families of the children that attend the Good News Clubs each week that they may understand the love of Jesus.

Closing Prayer: Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine