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    Tuesday, 12 September 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional September 13, 2017 — Stay Awhile

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Topic: Stay Awhile


      September 13, 2017

    Read: Hebrews 11:8–13 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 16–18; 2 Corinthians 6

    All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. Hebrews 11:13
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    During a discussion of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, a teenager said he prefers his stories in books rather than movies. When asked why, the young man replied, “With a book, I can stay there as long as I want.” There is something to be said for the power of lingering in a book, especially the Bible, and “inhabiting” the stories there.

    Hebrews 11, often called “the faith chapter” of the Bible, mentions nineteen people by name. Each one traveled a road of difficulty and doubt, yet chose to obey God. “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth” (v. 13).

    Father in heaven, thank You for Your written Word.


    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    How easy it is to rush through our Bible reading without pondering the people and events in the text. Our self-imposed time schedule robs us of going deeper into God’s truth and His plan for our lives. Yet, when we are willing to stay awhile, we find ourselves caught up in the real-life dramas of people like us who chose to stake their lives on God’s faithfulness.

    When we open God’s Word, it’s good to recall that we can stay as long as we want.

    Father in heaven, thank You for Your written Word and the examples of people who lived by faith. Help us to follow You as they did.


    Linger in God’s Word and you'll find stories of faith.


    INSIGHT:
    Hebrews 11 provides examples of how authentic faith leads to a changed life. Belief and action produce acts of courage and perseverance. As we ponder the deep and impressive faith our spiritual ancestors demonstrated through their actions, it encourages us to follow in their footsteps. The examples of those who have preceded us—those who lived as “foreigners and strangers on earth” (v. 13)—help us to fix our eyes on Jesus (12:2).

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