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Devotions for Life

Joy, Such A Precious Commodity

Today’s Scripture: John 16:24 – “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”
Paul Harvey was, without a doubt, the most listened to radio personality during my growing up years. He was a great story teller. Maybe it was because I lived at the end of a dirt road that my favorite story was about the dirt roads. He said, “Things were better then.”


Lightening The Way

“Let him who walks in the dark who has not light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isa. 50:10).

Upon the death of my father in the Great Depression days, my living grandfather became a mentor until his small family’s move to northern Missouri from Kansas City. He purchased ten acres with a house and good well for two thousand dollars and subsided on a small garden and some government aid.


Willing To Share

“Charge them that are rich in this world…that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate” (I Timothy 6: 17, 18).

My son recently sent us a video of our grandson who is two and a half years old. My son and his wife were trying to get Kai to share the little bag of candy they had given him. Kai, our grandson, said, “It’s mine.” He shook his head and pushed his mother’s hand away when she asked for some.That’s how many of us were at Kai’s age. We did not like to share. Hopefully, selfishness is something we have outgrown. When Paul writes to Timothy that we should be “willing to communicate,” he does not mean we should be willing to talk. Paul wants us to share.

Christians have so much. Paul tells Timothy, “God gives us richly all things to enjoy.” God gives us spiritual riches and blessings that we don’t deserve. But Christians living in the United States have far more than spiritual blessings. We are blessed materially way beyond most Christians living in other countries.

So do we thank God for His care and His goodness? If so, that is good. We ought to, need to. But do we just go happily on our way, thanking God, and forgetting the needs of others? Is that all God expects of us? No. Paul says we should do good and be rich in good works. That means being willing to share. Those who share are “laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed” (I Timothy 6:20).

Hymn: “Oh, The Things We May Do”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are rich. Help us to be willing to share not only the gospel, but the personal wealth you have given us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Donna Richmond Wittlif, Denver, Colorado