Daily Devotional for Friday November 17, 2017


2 Chronicles 15:7(ESV) But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.


I stepped back and felt a sense of accomplishment. I could have fired up the gas leaf blower, had the silence of the day drowned out by the motor, or I could have grabbed an old-fashioned rake and raked the leaves in our yard. I chose the latter. I wanted to do some good old-fashioned leaf raking. Not that I can hear anything, but there seemed to be a peaceful silence around me, and I began to rake. It felt good to use my hands, arms, and my own strength to get the job done rather than let the machine do the work. Today's verse shares with us to take courage and not let our hands be weak for our work shall bring a reward. I didn't win any prize or any "most beautiful" rake award, but I did get the sense of accomplishment of a job well done. I wonder if we are allowing other people to do the work that God has called us to. Are we waiting for pastors or ministers to share Jesus with someone? Didn't Jesus command us to go and make disciples? Maybe it's time we put away the idea that someone or something will do the work and get our hands dirty in sharing Christ. 


Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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