Sunday, July 17, 2022

Daily Devotion: Insight

Bible Reading John 4:1-29 

Key Verse: Verse 15 – The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come   hither to draw.”

Key Words: Sir, give me this water

The word insight means the ability to see beyond the façade, the ability to see beyond what others want to see, and see the truth.  Insight is something we all need but so very few have.

Throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, Dottie Rambo, her husband Buck, and their daughter Reba, made up The Singing Rambos, one of the most successful southern gospel trios of all time.  As the group’s main songwriter, Dottie was prolific.  Today hardly any modern hymnal fails to include one or more of her 2,500 songs.  Dottie’s best-known song, by far, is the inspirational “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need.”

In 1970, Dottie began writing a song about the grace of God, but was unable to finish it.  When her older brother was hospitalized with cancer and told that he had only weeks to live, Dottie sat by his bedside and ministered to him.  Within a few days, she persuaded him to marry the woman who had borne him five children.  Dottie read the Bible to him and prayed with him.  One day, after singing at a concert, she returned to ask: “Have you given your life to Jesus since I’ve been gone?”

Eddie, 37, stared at her with sad eyes.  “After the wicked life I’ve lived, the Lord won’t raise a person like me,” he muttered.  He reminded her of his time in jail and his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“The Lord left the 99 to bring a lost sheep like you back to the fold,” Dottie told him.  She continued to pray for his salvation.  Then she went home and finished “He Looked Beyond My Fault.”  For years Jimmie Davis, the southern gospel singer and former Louisiana governor, had asked her to write a song to the tune of “Danny Boy.”  With this song, she finally discovered the inspiration.  Later that day, she returned to the hospital to sing the song to Eddie. 

“Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise,

For it was grace that brought my liberty;

I do not know just why He came to love me so,

He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.” 


“I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary,

To view the cross where Jesus died for me,

How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul;

He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.”


Dear God, help me to look beyond the faults of others and see their needs.

What to do:
✞ Look at others with the eyes of your heart and see their needs, not their faults.

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