Friday, April 10, 2020

Daily Devotion: Real People

Bible Reading: III John

Key Verse: Verse 1- “The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Key Words: truth

Author Ronald Rood tells of an experience that shows the power of imagination. He said he had visited a 2nd Grade class where he gave a slide presentation of a Hawaiian volcano. The pictures showed molten lava pouring into the sea and steam rising a mile into the air. The scene was so graphic that the children could almost hear the roar. Rood then passed a piece of lava for the youngsters to examine. After it was handled by two dozen hands, one little boy brought the rock back to the front. Carefully cradling the material in his hand, he exclaimed with wide eyes, "Mr. Rood, it's still warm!"

How good it would be if the Biblical accounts of God's people could come alive like that to us. That's not to say we should try to fool ourselves or our children by letting our imaginations run wild. But somehow we need to realize that the stories in the Bible are more than just stories. The reality they express needs to take hold of us. Moses, for instance, knew what it meant to feel insecure. The people he led out of Egypt cried hot, salty tears that left lines on their wind-blown faces. These people had hearts that pounded when they were scared. They had headaches when they were tired and hungry. The arteries in their necks bulged when they were angry, and their eyes watered when they laughed.

Oh Christian friend, ask God to make the people of the Bible and their experiences come alive to you. After all, they were living, coughing, crying, laughing human beings. And they are our examples, for good or for not so good.

What to do:
✞ Let God's Word come alive to you.

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