Monday, July 10, 2006

God's Minute

July Tenth

According to your faith, be it done to you.--Matthew 9:20

ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for Thy great goodness unto the sons of men. We realize that it is in Thee we live and move and have our being. We give Thee thanks for Thy love which sent into this world One who is its Master--Jesus Christ our Lord. We not only thank Thee for Thy Fatherhood, but also for Thy Motherhood, for we know that as one whom his mother comforteth, so wilt Thou comfort us. We look to Thee for strength in our weakness; hope in our time of despondency; courage in the fearful hour.

Day after day we are hidden to get us to Cherith, only to find the brook is drying up! Continue to try our faith, and lend us of that spirit of trust and patience that we may hear Thy words, "Get thee to Zarephath," where we come face to face with Thy availing mercy. Feed us with the bread of Heaven, that we may be strong of mind, pure of heart, and unselfish in our service, and may the love of Jesus Christ so fill our hearts that others will take knowledge of us that we have been with Thee. Help Thou us to attain to the character of Thy Son, to incorporate His spirit, and live His life.

Amen.

James A. Fraser, Ph.D.,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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1 Kings 17:2 And the word of the Lord came to him, 3 “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. 6 And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.

8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

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