21 August: Predicting Volcanic Activity
For years volcanologists have served the world faithfully by refining the technology for predicting volcanic activity in order to save lives. But what if one was brewing right under your feet and you didn’t know it…
READ JOEL 2 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The ancient prophet Joel, like all ancient prophets in this epic storyline was like a volcanologist. He was warning his “siblings” when their Father was about to “blow-up” and what could be done to avoid disaster. Correctly speaking though, Father God was telling Joel to warn his siblings that the ground under their feet was about to crack open and that if they didn’t take corrective measures, they’d fall into devastation.
But to leave the story at the bit where the Creator God is seen as a volcano that requires careful monitoring for volcanic activity in a bid to avoid catastrophic fire and brimstone, is a grave injustice towards who He is as Father of Creation. All good fathers will discipline the ones they love and chastise the one accepted as a son.[a] So, like all good fathers, the Creator’s epic storyline is filled with moments like today’s chapter, where He warns all those who have been created in His image to be like Him. When we’re “at the end of the rope” or “skating on thin ice”, judgement is brewing right under our feet.
Beyond the immediate necessary, however, is always a preferred future that’s so great it’s “out of this world”! Read More? CLICK to follow “21 August – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to connect with your loving Father God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I’ll sing to You Lord because You, O Sovereign Lord, are my strength. You make my feet like the feet of a deer. You enable me to tread on the highest heights. Thank-you, Lord! [Habakkuk 3:19-2]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Government Decisions in Malaysia[c]
Your Country: A “return to God” in your nation’s policies
Yourself: Inner strength for your future
Your concerns for today
Father God, please help me not to lose heart in doing good, for in due time I know that I’ll reap what You’ve prepared – if I don’t grow weary. [Galatians 6:9]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” [Isaiah 1:18]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Guard my life, Lord, for I’m faithful to You. Save your servant who trusts in You for You are my God. [Psalm 86:2]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Prayer
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9]
[a] Hebrews 12:6
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31