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A For-Ever Supply

Today’s Bible Verse: I Kings 17:14-15 (NASB) – “For thus says the Lord of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.’ So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and her household ate for many days.”
 
Supposing that you won a year’s supply of ice cream, how much ice cream would you receive? Who decides how much a year’s supply is? It is up to the company supplying the prize to determine just what constitutes a year’s supply. It is one thing to make the promise; it is another to deliver on that promise.

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Troublesome Times

Ponder: World conditions
 
Scripture: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38, 39 NKJV).
 
Iran and North Korea continue to pursue their nuclear ambitions, while nuclear-armed Pakistan is an unstable tinderbox. Egypt has thrown out their Islamist president to the cheers of some and protests of others. Coupled with upheaval in other trouble spots, all of this has the potential to bring disaster beyond our worst nightmare.

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New Every Morning

Today’s Bible Verse: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
 
Most of us have been forced to wonder why God allows the world to continue. How can we not think about all the evil around us in the harm we do to one another, the hate and the animosity among those called to love one another, the wars that tear flesh and blood and maim the innocent. And the terrible scourges of drugs and alcohol that envelope our children. What hope is there?
 
Jeremiah had such thoughts in the time of great evil in Israel, and he cried about it. “Lamentations” are tears, crying and moaning which he experienced in his sorrow over why God would continue to bless them. Why? Because God is merciful!
 
In 1901, President McKinley was shot by an anarchist and the crowd instantly caught the shooter and seconds later the assailant lay bloodied beneath the blows of onlookers and police. McKinley raised a hand, bright red by the flow from his would and said to the crowd, “Let no one hurt him.” His was an act of mercy and compassion.
 
“New every morning” is a description of God’s mercy and explains why the earth still stands, as pointed out in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
 
How hopeful is the thought of being new every morning, with the promise that His children awaken spotless, ready to fill what appears as a new clean, blank page, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5).
 
Song: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
 
Prayer: Lord God, may the new days continue to beak with thanksgiving for the mercy granted us, for the promise of a fresh start and the hope for a glorious finale to what is often an earthbound existence of tears. In His name. Amen.
 
Gordon V. Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA
gor.ver.her@comcast.net