January 17, 2020
The devotion for today is based on Proverbs 23:12: “Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.”
God has graciously provided for us in His life-giving Word. The Scriptures give us meaningful direction for our lives and generous help in times of trouble. The Bible is full of encouragement for God's people to devote themselves to His Word, to His vital truths, and to the things that bless the lives of others.
Aa God's Word works within us; it shapes us, conforming us daily to the image of Jesus, His beloved Son. Our lives will change as the Holy Spirit works through us. For instance, as we grow in our understanding of God’s Word, we will find the Spirit bringing God's Word to our minds when we are faced with difficult questions or problems. This is why a growing knowledge of the Scriptures is essential. They act as a safeguard against an enemy who is bent on our destruction. In other words, as we live out God's Word in our lives, we take His Word to heart and become changed because of it.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, may Your Word dwell richly in our hearts so that in all we do we reflect your love to all we meet. Amen.