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Daily Reading: 1 Samuel 14:1-52 ESV, John 7:31-53 ESV, Psalm 109:1-31 ESV, Proverbs 15:5-7 ESV
Daily Verse: “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38 ESV)
ZAO (2198): “As a verb, means to live, be alive and is used in the NT of God, the Son in Incarnation, The Son in Resurrection, spiritual life, the present state of departed saints, the hope of resurrection, the way of access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, the manifestation of divine power in support of divine authority, water (John 4:10 figurative of the Holy Spirt, 7:38)”[i]
Hope of resurrection.
Believing in Jesus means tapping into the unending hope He offers. In this world, we have many struggles, but with Jesus, we can overcome them all. Hope springs eternal when we follow Christ.
“Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 8:39 ESV)
Since we live post-resurrection, placing faith in Christ means receiving the Holy Spirit. From within, God prompts us onward in life. When the walls begin to close around us, God’s Spirit encourages us. We can live fully, trusting God’s plan to unfold perfectly in our lives. God uses all things for good, even if we don’t understand.
Each breath we take comes from God. He gives us life, whether we acknowledge it or not. Cars run on fuel; we run on divine power. When God chooses to call us home, our breathing will cease on earth, but life will continue in heaven.
Today will never happen again. One of my best friends works full time and currently has three teenagers under her roof. We talk on rare occasions; inevitably, she’s chauffeuring one of them from point A to B when we do. With exhaustion in her voice, she praises God for these days, knowing they won’t last forever. The kids will no longer live under her roof one day, and she will miss today’s chaos.
Whatever chaos you have in your life, know it’s temporary. Nothing lasts forever, good or bad. Enjoy the people God places in your life today; only God knows what tomorrow will bring. Live life to the fullest with Jesus. Your heart will pour out living waters, your hope eternal.
[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 108) Thomas Nelson