Mission Devotional - November 13, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Opening Prayer: Don't let me miss you, O Lord. Do not let me allow the craziness and chaos of my life to keep me from seeing and knowing that you are always with me. Help me, in all times and in all circumstances, to be still and know that you are God. Amen.
Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22
Journal: How aware are you of God's presence and work in your life on a daily basis? What helps? What hinders? How can you become more aware?
Reflection: "Surely God is in this place and I was not aware of it." What a tragic line. Fortunately for Jacob, God was not content to leave him unaware. But that is not always the case. There are plenty of times when we get so hyper-focused on the task at hand, the chaos and busyness of our lives, or our anxieties about what is to come, that it keeps us from being able to remember and experience the fact that God promises to always be with us.
In this case, Jacob was on a mission. He had a definite agenda in mind, as he spent the night, with a stone for a pillow, somewhere between Beersheba and Haran. After all, he was heading to Paddan Aram - under orders of his father, Isaac - to take a wife. I mean, that is no small matter, right? No wonder he was not particularly attentive to the journey; he was totally consumed with the destination. Destinations - both good and bad - have a way of doing that. They have a way of diverting our attention and making us unaware of the presence and work of God in our lives in the present moment. Our activity and our anxiety make it nearly impossible for us to be still and know that he is God. So God has to come to us somehow - as he did to Jacob - and get our attention. It makes me wonder.
It makes me wonder how many times God was right there with me and I failed to notice. It makes me wonder what all I have missed. It makes me wonder how I can live in such a way that I am always aware of God in this place, wherever this place may be. O Lord, help me to live my life in such a way that I am always aware of your presence and your work.
Prayer for the church, for others, for myself
Global Partner Focus: Asia
J & F live and work in one of the poorest and most heavily populated states in a country in Asia. They are seeking to make a difference in this state in both physical and spiritual realms. They have been operating a micro-finance business that is creating self-sustaining means of support for churches and church plants as well as continuing to provide funds for the installation of hand pumps to provide clean water to needy areas of the state. Pray today for members of their team who have recently experience trials that these situations may be resolved soon.
Since 1996, the Mission of Hope has ministered to the people of various counties in Kentucky and Tennessee from which 80% of the residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry. From their first campaign helping 150 children in 1996, they helped over 18,000 children and their families this past Christmas season with food, hygiene, new clothing and new toys. Pray today for this ministry's work during this holiday season as they reach many new families.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, help me to live my life in such a way that I am always aware of your presence and your work.