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Daily Devotionals

Day 2 – Issue 14

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Be Still Know

1 Corinthians 2:6 NLT

Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten.

This week is when the journey of the wise men is central to the Church’s reflections. In Western tradition, three Magi travel from the East following a star in the expectation that it is a portent of something significant. I often wonder how much their wisdom stood up to scrutiny among their peers back home. The possibility that only three made the trip suggests that not everyone in their locale saw their decision-making as the product of great wisdom.

I know I have myself struggled with the challenge of logic when seeking to live by faith. Logic suggests that I take certain courses of action to militate against certain risks that might occur. Faith, in contrast, is living with a confidence that God has my destiny secure within his grasp.

At the start of January I take time to reflect upon just how good God has been throughout the past year. Experiences may have proved tough, yet here I am holding onto God, and more importantly with God holding onto me. Jayne has faced some really difficult health issues over the last year – all exacerbated by stress. Yet God has moved us to a new home, reducing her commute by over an hour each way. She was also given the opportunity to move into a part-time role outside of management. Stress has diminished. Health remains a challenge. We can see God in this process and celebrate this intervention on our behalf.

The Wise Men acted upon instinct. They were accustomed to looking to the stars for divine revelation. God, in line with his promise, met them where their faith was, and God encouraged them to respond to his invitation to move in his direction. They acted and set out and were rewarded with an early sighting of the saviour of the world.

QUESTION: What obstacles do you face in making a journey of faith?

PRAYER: Lord, you called me to live by faith and not by sight, to trust you on and for the journey. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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