Today’s Passage – Proverbs 25 – 27 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Micah 6:8
Read the “0723 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.” (Proverbs 27:27)
When I was around three months old, I was in and out of the Children’s Hospital in Washington D.C. with severe digestive problems. I had bleeding sores all down my esophagus and would stay up late screaming all night. The doctors were prescribing me with many different types of formulas, but none of them were working. After several tests being run, a stay in the NICU, and still no help, a lady at church told my mother about switching over to goat’s milk. My mother went and bought goat’s milk. That evening, my parents saw a difference! I began to sleep, my symptoms began to subside, and I became a completely different baby. My mother took me back to my pediatrician for a follow up appointment from the hospital. She told the doctor that she quit giving me the prescribed medications and the natural goat’s milk was working. The doctor became angry. He told my mother if we continued with the goat’s milk, it was going to kill me due to an excessive amount of calcium the milk contained. He did some blood work and told my mother to stop using the goat’s milk immediately. She left the doctor and went home crying, not knowing what to do. She thought she found the answer in goat’s milk, but was torn with the doctor saying it would kill me. She called her mother and told her what the doctors said. My grandmother told her to read her Bible and ask the Lord what to do. My mother hung up the phone, sat down and prayed. She opened her Bible to a random spot and began reading Proverbs 27. In verse 27, she read, And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens. She was young at the time and didn’t even know goat’s milk was in the Bible. She immediately began to cry, knowing God had spoken to her through His Word. She called her parents and told them what God had shown her and decided to stick with the goats milk. She proved the doctors wrong and it helped my body. She would use goat’s milk for all her children from then on.
In that time, my mother didn’t have an answer to our problems, but she went straight to God and He showed her the answer. When we go through confusing or troubling times and don’t know what to do, we must go to God! Through prayer and reading, God will make Himself known and will guide us to the right answer. This world will go through struggles and try to find their “answer,” but will find nothing. We have the answer! We have God!
Maybe today we need to remember when we go through confusing times, we must remember that God will always show us the answers!
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Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Proverbs 27:15
Read the “0423 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.” (1 Kings 18:38-39)
In this passage we see Elijah is trying to convince the false prophets of Baal that he knows the true, living God while the false prophets try to the same with their god. Elijah challenges the false prophets to prove who was right. The challenge was whoever’s God struck fire down from above onto their sacrifice on their altar, He would be the real God. When the prophets of Baal did their sacrifice, they began to call out to their god and ask for that fire. They did it all day long and, of course, nothing happened. Elijah gets a laugh out of this and starts to mock them. The prophets kept trying and trying, and nothing worked. They had failed. It then becomes Elijah’s turn to prove the true God. But Elijah does something odd. He wanted to make things more interesting. He begins to dump barrels of water three times on the altar he built. There was so much water, it filled up the trenches he had made. But he wanted to REALLY prove that it was the truly almighty God. When he cried out to the Lord, fire struck the altar from above. When all the people saw it, they believed Elijah and knew it really was the Lord.
In our lives today, we must prove to this world we have the true, living God. In the circumstances we are under right now, people are looking for answers for getting through this virus. Why not show them God! We need to prove to people that our God is the one, true God. Tell people your testimony on how God has changed your life. Tell someone about how serving the Lord is the best life to live. Tell someone about the goodness of God. Tell someone about His faithfulness to us. Tell them about how He will never leave us. Tell someone He’s in the middle of all our problems. And the list can go on and on!
Maybe today we need to find someone that needs proof. When fire came from above and came on Elijah’s altar, the people saw the proof and knew his God was the real deal. today, let’s prove to someone that our God is the real deal!
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