OYB: January 13

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 28, Genesis 29
NT: Matthew 9:18-38
Ps: Psalm 11
Pr: Proverbs 3:11-12

Today´s notable verses:

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, for the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

Verses 37 & 38 are so powerful in today's readings - "He said to his disciples, "The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields."" I think each of us can reflect on this teaching from Jesus. Do you agree with Jesus that the harvest is so great? And the workers are few? Will you pray to God for more workers for his kingdom work? Are you one of God's workers in his kingdom work?

I think the key to this kind of perspective comes from the previous verse - and something for which I pray: Christ's compassion. When we see the harassed and helpless crowds through Christ's eyes, and with his love and compassion, then we cannot help but to understand how great the harvest, and how few the workers. Here Christ commands us to pray that God would send workers, but when we pray out of the same compassion he felt, we cannot help but to be convicted that we, too, are to be workers in the field.

Comments from you & Question of the Day - Based on our Proverbs reading today, do you believe there is such a thing as godly discipline? Do you believe that God corrects those that he loves? Can you think of any areas or times of your life where God has corrected you? Is there perhaps an area of your life today where God is correcting you? Will you not ignore this correction and will you not allow yourself to get discouraged?

Absolutely, godly discipline exists; and it is vital for our maturation as adults, and in our faith. God disciplines through those in authority over us - which, until we are adults, are our parents. God disciplines us through the principle of action-reaction/decision-consequence as applied in all circumstances of our lives. Bear in mind that "discipline" does not mean simply "punishment", but also teaching, training, rebuke, and admonishment. God uses each, as appropriate.