In John 6: 35 Jesus says “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” The phrase ‘I am the bread of life’ was a puzzling concept in Jesus’ day as it is now. To understand what the Lord is saying we must read His Word, praying for His Wisdom to reveal the meaning. It will make sense as He opens our eyes to His truth. Without bread and water we hunger and thirst. Likewise, with the spiritual food and drink contained in Biblical passages we avoid spiritual starvation in this difficult and dynamic world. As we partake of this spiritual bread, we will realize our lives are full of blessings.
The Devotional I have written is divided into four sections: Broken Pieces, Bread of Life, Believe in Blessings, and Bow before Him. Each one starts out with the Psalms, then the scriptures are in Biblical order, i.e., Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, etc. ‘Broken Pieces’ begins the prayer journey with scriptures addressing needs such as freedom from fear and perseverance through the trials. ‘Bread of Life’ shows God’s provision and power to save. Receive encouragement from ‘Believe in Blessings,’ verses that tell of faith, hope and trust. Then recognize our need to ‘Bow before Him’ when reading about His sovereignty and giving your heart to Him in thanksgiving and obedience.
I plan to periodically share an excerpt from the Devotional while I endeavor to get the book published. Here is the first one of many!
O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” but you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.
When reality shatters my beloved dreams, it is my own thoughts, my own agony, my own fear of the unknown that becomes my overwhelming foe. I constantly fight these negative thoughts, which tell me God will not deliver me. Hear my loud cry for deliverance I pray, and place Your shield about me. Grant me peaceful rest in body, mind and spirit so that I may lift my head, continuing my life with courage provided in Your Name.