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Devotions for Life

Jonathan the Mediator

1 Samuel 19:1-10   


Saul now urged his servants and his son Jonathan to assassinate David. But Jonathan, because of his strong affection for David, told him what his father was planning. “Tomorrow morning,” he warned him, “you must find a hiding place out in the fields. I’ll ask my father to go out there with me, and I’ll talk to him about you. Then I’ll tell you everything I can find out.” 


Pride, An Invisible Enemy

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Cor 11:1 ). 

I recently had a conversation with a brother over the internet over the posting which contained a vulgar word. I asked if he knew of the vulgarity of the word in the post. His reply was, “Everyone understood the message of the post.”


God Himself Will Seek His Children

“I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will cause them to lie down, says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 34:15). 

God’s constant worry, His mission and His goal, is saving His people. It is the theme of the Bible. It is the reason Jesus left heaven and died at the hands of cruel people.

However, God’s love for His people is evident long before Jesus died on the cross. Our Father had some very strong words for the teachers of Israel. He said, “The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought back that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost…” (Ezekiel 34:4). 

Look at those for whom God worried. They are the diseased, the sick, the broken, the driven away, the lost. They are all of us. We are all these things because of what sin is doing to us. Sin has made our souls and bodies sick and driven us away from God so that we are lost. But God did not intend for us to be wandering and lost. “I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out,” He said. Although God spoke this about the Israelites, He meant it for all mankind. He sent us Jesus, who said, “I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me, … and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10: 14, 15). 

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. That is every one of us. Without God’s Son dying on the cross as our sacrifice, we would remain in our terrible state of sin and alienation from God. But God loved us so much that He Himself came to save us.

Hymn: “He Loved Me So” 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise You for loving us enough to send Jesus, our Good Shepherd who died for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado