August 27 – God Speaks to You

Psalm 91: 9 – 16   NLT

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

When I write the devotions, I often use the lectio divina method of trying to decide what to write. Sometimes, especially when we’re going through a book of the Bible, the devotions are more like a study as we also look at the circumstances surrounding the verses, and check other Bible passages to make sure we are clear of what is being said. But even on those days, I often pray about the words and phrases that stand out to me. What is God saying to me about my life? Then I often decide that what he is saying to me is helpful for anyone … so I write.

But God talks to you too. God wants a personal close relationship with you. So today, I’m not going to write what he is saying to me. I want you to use the lectio divina method of looking at our verses today. Remember … 

First of all, you quiet yourself with prayer, asking God to speak to you as you read.

Then you read these verses again. As you read, concentrate on what the verses are saying. You are just trying to get a general idea of what is said. Read them slowly again, and see if a word or phrase stands out to you. 

Take some time to think about that word or phrase. What thoughts does it bring to mind? It can be a variety of thoughts and feelings. Mull them over as you think about your life and experiences.

Pray again, asking God to show you what he wants to say to you today as a result of those verses, word or phrase. It might be something you realize you should do.. It might be an attitude of yours that needs adjusting. It might be a personal reassurance from God.

Then spend some time in prayer asking God to be with you as your day unfolds, as you try to live the way he is leading you. 

Are you willing to share what God placed in your mind today? What thought really “jumped out” at you?

Our song for today is Living Word by Jeremy Camp.

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