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"Be strong and brave and finish this work. Don't be afraid, because the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will help you until all the work is finished. He will not leave you."

Every one of us has work to do and the words of our verse today, which King David spoke to his son Solomon, speak to all of us. In Solomon's case, the work he was called to do was a building project. He was called to build the temple of God in Jerusalem. For us, it could be anything. We work as mothers, fathers, farmers, educators, factory workers, business people, artists, doctors, lawyers, preachers, and so on. The Lord God reigns over all areas of life and He calls people to work and to serve Him in all areas of life.

Each of these areas has its own difficulties and challenges and, as a result, we will always face the temptation of weariness and fear, the temptation to quit and give up. Instead, we must be strong, for "The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy" (Psalm 28:7) and we must be brave, for '"This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go'" (Joshua 1:9). We can be strong and brave because we are not alone. The Lord God is with us and is helping us.

And God will be there for us "until all the work is finished." God does not call us to work and to serve Him and then abandon us. He stays with us until the work is done. He "will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps" (Psalm 121:3-4). God calls us to our work and then watches over everything we do and helps us with everything we do. H never leaves us. We can always count on God to be there for us.

Each of us has a part to play and work to do in the Kingdom of God. Today, take comfort in the thought that the Lord is always there with us, and is always helping us, until the job gets done.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
2 Samuel 4, 5, 6


2 Samuel 4 -- The Murder of Ish-bosheth

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2 Samuel 5 -- David Becomes King over All Israel, Defeats the Philistines

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2 Samuel 6 -- The Ark Is Brought to Jerusalem

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New Testament Reading
Luke 18:18-43


Luke 18 -- Parables of the Persistent Widow, Pharisee and Tax Collector; The Rich Young Ruler; The Healing of a Blind Beggar

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
Don't befriend angry people
        or associate with hot-tempered people,
or you will learn to be like them
        and endanger your soul.
Insight
People tend to become like those with whom they spend a lot of time. Even the negative characteristics sometimes rub off. The Bible exhorts us to be cautious in our choice of companions.
Challenge
Choose people with characteristics you would like to develop in your own life.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Acts 5:31  Him hath God exalted.

Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory. The highest place that heaven affords is his by undisputed right. It is sweet to remember that the exaltation of Christ in heaven is a representative exaltation. He is exalted at the Father's right hand, and though as Jehovah he had eminent glories, in which finite creatures cannot share, yet as the Mediator, the honors which Jesus wears in heaven are the heritage of all the saints. It is delightful to reflect how close is Christ's union with his people. We are actually one with him; we are members of his body; and his exaltation is our exaltation. He will give us to sit upon his throne, even as he has overcome, and is set down with his Father on his throne; he has a crown, and he gives us crowns too; he has a throne, but he is not content with having a throne to himself, on his right hand there must be his queen, arrayed in "gold of Ophir." He cannot be glorified without his bride. Look up, believer, to Jesus now; let the eye of your faith behold him with many crowns upon his head; and remember that you will one day be like him, when you shall see him as he is; you shall not be so great as he is, you shall not be so divine, but still you shall, in a measure, share the same honors, and enjoy the same happiness and the same dignity which he possesses. Be content to live unknown for a little while, and to walk your weary way through the fields of poverty, or up the hills of affliction; for by-and-by you shall reign with Christ, for he has "made us kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign forever and ever." Oh!, wonderful thought for the children of God! We have Christ for our glorious representative in heaven's courts now, and soon he will come and receive us to himself, to be with him there, to behold his glory, and to share his joy.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Leviticus 1:3,4  'If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. • 'He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf.

Genesis 22:8  Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

John 1:29  The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Hebrews 10:10  By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Matthew 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

John 10:18  "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."

Hosea 14:4  I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from them.

Galatians 2:20  "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

2 Corinthians 5:21  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Ephesians 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

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