America: we are at a pivotal point in our history as a nation. If you have been watching the news, you have probably heard something along those lines lately. But, in reality, every moment of every day is a pivotal point in our history, because, simply, there’s never been a tomorrow until it is today. Today we are dealing with a worldwide pandemic and thanks to technology, we are seeing it played out in ways we have never seen before (of course, since we have never experienced anything like this in recent history). You may find yourself at home for the next few weeks. You might be under even more stress than usual trying to find childcare, or wondering when you’ll be able to get your next paycheck. Regardless, this is an opportunity to shape this for the good of those in your immediate care. When the spread of COVID-19 curbs and the quarantines are lifted, when you look back at the way you acted during this mess, are you going to be proud of the actions you took? Or are you going to regret the fear and worry you allowed to rule your life? Relax, spend time in prayer and the Good Book. God’s got this.
If you are home and have some extra time, please do not waste it on binge watching shows on Netflix or Disney+, watch something positive like this sermon below that ties in nicely with today’s devotion. This is one of my favorite sermons from 2019.
MARCH 18, 2020
22. So He replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Luke 7:22-23)
There is no greater explanation for this verse than what Pastor Steven Furtick delivered in the sermon above. Pastor Furtick quotes this story from the Book of Matthew. I chose to include it here as we are studying the Book of Luke because I missed it in January. But there is no greater truth to what we are seeing happening in our world right now. Don’t lose faith like John the Baptist began to do. If you didn’t read Chapter 7 when we hit it back around March 10, you missed the part where John sends messengers from where he is in prison to ask Jesus if He is “the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Luke 7:19). Jesus was, and is, the one mankind had been expecting. Do not let the sun set on this day without taking the time to tell one more person just exactly who Jesus is.
the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor
Reading plan: Luke 14:1-24
Deeper reading plan: 1 Samuel 29-31
Prayer and worship: Continue praying for your Day 1 miracle and pray for our nation.