Devotional thoughts through December: Day 3

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7:24, ready, set, write. (Click here to learn about my commitment to write for 20ish minutes every morning through the end of December.)

All three alarms had to sound before I willed myself to throw off the covers and swing my legs over the side of the bed. Last night was a difficult one with Eleanor; I got up to nurse or rock her back to sleep five times. I’ve learned over the past year that a night like that (when your child isn’t sick) is likely the result of one of two things: tummy troubles or teething pain (or both).

Getting up multiple times through the night is never pleasant, but even in those hours after midnight, little compares to the bliss of your baby asleep on your chest. Thankfully she’s been asleep since 4 a.m.

With more-than-usual brain fogginess, I sipped my coffee and read today’s Bible selections: Daniel 6 and 7, Psalm 132, and Hebrews 11.

December 12, 2014

These chapters are well-known in the Christian culture and still somewhat known in the culture at large. These passages are also packed with powerful and eternal truths surrounding Messianic prophecies and promises.

“The king declared to Daniel, ‘O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?'” Daniel 6:20b

The question is not “Is God able to save?”, but “Will God save or will He not?”….

God’s Word assures believers again and again that though we suffer, and though we will die, our eternity is secure in Jesus Christ, and one day we will reign with Him forever. Two examples of these assurances are in today’s reading.

“[…] I will clothe with salvation” Psalm 132:16a

“‘And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.'” Daniel 7:27

I pray that as you read these words, God will grant you the gift of faith.

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

God, You are the Most High, but because of Jesus I draw near by faith. I believe You exist, and You reward those who seek You.

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