Monday, July 24, 2023
So Paul stood, lifted his hand to quiet [the people in the synagogue], and started speaking. "Men of Israel," he said, "and you God-fearing Gentiles, listen to me."
"The God of this nation of Israel chose our ancestors and made them multiply and grow strong during their stay in Egypt. Then with a powerful arm he led them out of their slavery. He put up with them through forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Then he destroyed seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to Israel as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years.
"After that, God gave them judges to rule until the time of Samuel the prophet."
* See the Related Scripture Readings below for several passages on God's purpose in choosing Abraham and his descendants to be his people of blessing.
O Father, forgive me for my forgetfulness and my lack of genuine thankfulness. I so easily become focused on my struggles and problems. I forget the many ways you have blessed me. The message today reminded me that I am part of your chosen people, blessed to receive grace and mercy so that I can share Jesus with others. O Holy Spirit, I acknowledge this sharing as my purpose in life, but please awaken me to my opportunities to share Jesus and to the wisdom to share his Good News well. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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