Daily Devotionals

Commanded to Hear

Commanded to Hear

“‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.’” (Ezek. 34:7) “IT’S TIME TO DO YOUR CHORES!” We kids heard that phrase from Mom every Saturday morning while sitting in front of the TV watching cartoons. However, the typical response was no response. We usually...
Blessed at Work

Blessed at Work

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. (Ps. 128:1–2) SHARON HAD HEARD IT A HUNDRED TIMES. Maybe a thousand. It seemed as if every time they drove away after church, Tom,...
From the Inside Out

From the Inside Out

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. (Ezek. 18:31) THE FIRST HUMAN HEART TRANSPLANT was performed in 1967 in South Africa. Dr. Christiaan Bernard placed the heart of a twenty-five-year-old woman who had died in a...
The Worst Fall of All

The Worst Fall of All

“Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.” (Ezek. 18:30) I TWISTED MY ANKLE when I slipped walking across a ramp where I worked. The full extent of the injury became apparent over the next few hours, eventually requiring a trip (no...
Consider the Results

Consider the Results

“Because he considers all the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die.” (Ezek. 18:28) LIFE PALNNING EXPERTS TEACH the importance of knowing the long-term results of your actions. For instance, the long-term results of...
Why Switch Roads Now?

Why Switch Roads Now?

“But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live?” (Ezek. 18:24) Nothing hurts as bad as hearing that a friend, neighbor, or even close family member who once served Christ has...
God Wants the Best for You

God Wants the Best for You

“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? . . . Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” (Ezek. 18:23) Seventeen-year-old Justin discussed his science fair project, a static electricity generator, with Mr. Quinn, his physics...
Not Locked In

Not Locked In

“If a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live.” (Ezek. 18:21) Randy, proud owner of black Labs, invited his neighbor, Ted, to witness a demonstration. After several broken...
He Will Speak Peace

He Will Speak Peace

I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints. (Ps. 85:8) THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE MADE KNOWN to us through His Word, nature, and His Spirit. We are blessed to walk in them every day and discover the wonder of them. That God...
Listen with a Right Heart

Listen with a Right Heart

“Listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house.” (Ezek. 2:8) GOD IS THE GIVER of our spiritual nourishment. He supplies everything we need to be a successful Christian. But we are prone to rebelliousness by our nature. We choose to take our own...
The Power of His Name

The Power of His Name

“Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’” (Ezek. 2:4) AUTHORITY IS A PRECIOUS THING. When someone gives it to you, they are counting on you to fulfill a duty or carry out an assignment. You use the name of the person in charge to get others to do your...
Be His Ambassador

Be His Ambassador

“The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.”(Ezek. 2:4) WE DON’T ALWAYS WANT TO HEAR what God has to say. Our desire to hear Him speak is often overshadowed by the fear that He will call us to do something we’re not willing to do. As a new...
Upright Before God

Upright Before God

He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” (Ezek. 2:1) HOW MANY TIMES did your parent tell you to stand up straight? Good posture used to be an important part of grade school curriculum. The teacher would come along and tap my shoulder...
Accept No Imitation

Accept No Imitation

When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezek. 1:28) MAKE SURE THE VOICE YOU TRUST is worthy of it. It’s only natural to settle for less than the ultimate authority when we are in a hurry to solve a problem or get permission to burst...
Confidence in His Voice

Confidence in His Voice

The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. (Ezek. 1:1) HAVE THE HEAVENS OPENED for you lately? How we long for the triumphant command of God’s voice, speaking into our situations the words of peace and comfort we so desperately need. If only the clouds would...
He Heard My Cry

He Heard My Cry

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. (Ps. 6:9) MY WIFE WOKE ME with a sharp poke in my side. According to her, I was making strange sounds in my sleep that scared her. I was the one who was scared! Someone was chasing me in my dream, and I...
Don’t Lose Hope

Don’t Lose Hope

Let him bury his face in the dust—there may yet be hope. (Lam. 3:29) WHEN THINGS GET BAD ENOUGH, we often despair of any help or hope. In the United States, we are approaching the election of a new president. For over a year, we have listened to candidates point out...
Stupid Hurts

Stupid Hurts

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lam. 3:40) I DIDN’T WANT TO GO to the cardiologist, but my primary care physician thought it was time to see if there were any problems with my heart. I should have been glad for the possibility of...
Getting What You Deserve

Getting What You Deserve

Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? (Lam. 3:39) WE SAY WE WANT TO SEE JUSTICE come to wrongdoers. You do the crime, you do the time. You violate the law, you pay the fine. It is only right and fair. Don’t come whining if you did wrong and...
Lord, Did You See That?

Lord, Did You See That?

To deprive a man of justice—would not the LORD see such things? (Lam. 3:36) MY BROTHER RECALLS numerous times when I got him in trouble because I tattled on him to our parents. I don’t remember those times, but I do think there were occasions when he got away with...
God’s Waiting Room

God’s Waiting Room

It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lam. 3:26) I DROVE PAST A HOSPITAL and saw a big sign that flashed, “Only twenty minute wait for emergency room.” Why would anyone advertise that if you have an emergency you should come in knowing that you...
New Day, New Grace

New Day, New Grace

His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:22–23) A SUNSET IS A SYMBOL of an ending; a sunrise is a symbol of a beginning. God specializes in new beginnings, and He faithfully creates one every morning. The rising of...
What Is God’s Work?

What Is God’s Work?

Because my hope is in you. (Ps. 25:21) THE EXILES IN BABYLON learned something over the course of seventy years: Hope is found only in God. This psalm perfectly expresses the anguish they must have felt every moment of every day while in exile. The single request of...
God At Work In the Heart and Mind

God At Work In the Heart and Mind

“I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Jer. 32:39)   IN JEREMIAH’S LETTER to the exiles, God stated that He can be found when we seek Him. Even in the...