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At Your Word

Ponder: Obeying God even when it doesn’t make sense.
 
Scripture: “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5, NKJV).
 
Sometimes God’s word leads you in directions you would have gone anyway. I suspect that most, if not all, who receive this devotional would never even consider murdering anybody. “You shall not murder” isn’t a big challenge for us. But what about those times when God, through His word, tells you to do something that doesn’t make sense to you? He doesn’t always clue you in as to the reason. That’s when your faith is challenged. Will you obey even when it doesn’t make sense? Bottom line: Do you trust God, or do you trust your own understanding?

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“No One Hired Us”

Text:
“And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?   They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard” (Matthew 20:6-7).
 
Most cities, of any size, have a “labor pool” where would be workers stand around, pooled together, waiting for someone to come along and hire them.  Such was the case as discussed by Jesus in Matthew chapter 20.  There were men who were willing to work but, in their words, “No One Hired Us.”  Some who enter the kingdom are “on fire” right away.  For others, it takes longer for them to get started.

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“I Am Willing, Be Cleansed”

Ponder: The ability and willingness of Jesus
 
Scripture: “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean” (Luke 5:12b, NKJV).
 
Many varieties of leprosy affected people in ancient times. Some were more dangerous than others. In certain cases, leprosy was a virtual death sentence. That appears to have been true of the man in Luke 5:12 whom the beloved physician described as “full of leprosy.”

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