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Our Daily Bread
by RBC Ministries
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My Father’s Child

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 21–22, John 14

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
John 14:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 14:8–14

They looked down at the faded photograph, then up at me, then over at my father, then back at me, then back at my father. Their eyes were as wide as the proverbial saucers. “Dad, you look just like Papa when he was young!” My father and I grinned because this was something we’d known for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that my children came to the same realization. While my father and I are different people, in a very real sense to see me is to see my father as a younger man: tall, lanky frame; full head of dark hair; prominent nose; and rather large ears. No, I am not my father, but I am most definitely my father’s son.

A follower of Jesus named Philip once asked, “Lord, show us the Father” (John 14:8). And while it wasn’t the first time Jesus had indicated as much, His response was still cause for pause: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (v. 9). Unlike the physical resemblances between my father and me, what Jesus says here is revolutionary: “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (v. 10). His very essence and character were the same as His Father’s.

In that moment Jesus was being straightforward with His beloved disciples and us: If you want to know what God is like, look at Me.

By: John Blase

Reflect & Pray
What are some of the characteristics of Jesus (and the Father) that resonate strongly with you, and why? How has He been molding your character?

Jesus, when things seem overwhelming, remind me that to see You is to see the Father. Help me keep my eyes fixed on You.

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The Good Seed
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH
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People have always built places...

In the shadow of your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God most high, to God who performs all things for me.
Psalm 57:1.2

People have always built places of refuge. Many ancient castles and modern shelters testify to the fact. The Christian’s refuge, however, is no cold edifice with thick walls; it is God Himself. If we have fled under His wings, we are close by Him, secure in His presence and protected through His power.

Every one of us knows problems: one suffers visibly through difficult circumstances of life or financial worries. Others suffer from physical or mental troubles. Yet whatever may oppress us, we can confidently take refuge in God.

The psalmist here was King David, who had been pursued by his predecessor and suffered exceedingly over a lengthy period. David wished to be at this place of refuge, “until these calamities have passed by”. We, too, have no “limited residents’ permit” with God, but can remain in His protection until our troublesome times have passed, even for the rest of our life.

During our difficulties we can call upon Him. We can explain our situation to God in prayer and trust that He will hear us, that He is with us to help us. And we have the assurance that He “performs all things” for us. When He takes the believers to Himself in glory, at the latest, all that has troubled us here will end.

Christians need never leave this place of refuge to seek a solution independently of God. Nor do we need to fear, but can rejoice in Him. “In the shadow of your wings I will rejoice” (Psalm 63:8). Nowhere are we as safe as under His wings.

Today’s reading: Lamentations 3:52-4:6 · Psalm 45:1-10

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The Word for Today
by Bob and Debby Gass
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Arrested Development (1)

‘You need someone to teach you again the first principles.’ Hebrews 5:12 NKJV

Addressing the early church, Paul said: ‘There is a great deal that we should like to say… but it is not easy to explain to you since you seem so slow to grasp spiritual truth. At a time when you should be teaching others, you need teachers yourselves… You have become people who need a milk diet and cannot face solid food! For anyone who continues to live on “milk” is obviously immature—he simply has not grown up. “Solid food” is only for the adult.’ (Hebrews 5:11–14 PHPS)

It’s known as ‘arrested spiritual development’, and it can happen to any of us. One sign a child is healthy and growing is that they no longer need to be fed from a bottle, or have their food cut up and put into their mouth. They may still prefer chocolate to carrots, but hopefully they’re closer to understanding why they need carrots.

If the only time you’re fed spiritually is in church on Sunday morning, why would you be surprised that you don’t have the faith to believe God for answered prayer, the strength to overcome temptation, or a sense of God’s guidance in your life? How long do you think you’d last if you only ate once a week? Job said, ‘I… treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.’ (Job 23:12 NKJV) David said, ‘How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’ (Psalm 119:103 NKJV) Jeremiah wrote, ‘Your words were found, and I ate them… Your Word was… the joy and rejoicing of my heart.’ (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV) To grow spiritually, you need the ‘strong meat’ of God’s Word (see Hebrews 5:14).

SoulFood: 1 Kings 18:16–20:43, Mark 14:12–26, Ps 124, Pro 12:26

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