OUR DAILY BREAD 20 MARCH 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Slow for a Reason

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OUR DAILY BREAD 20 MARCH 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Slow for a Reason

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 20 MARCH 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

( Friday 20 March 2020 )

TOPIC: Slow for a Reason

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Bible in a Year:

Joshua 4–6

Luke 1:1–20

You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.

Nehemiah 9:17

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Nehemiah 9:9, 13–21

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MESSAGE:

In the BBC video series The Life of Mammals, host David Attenborough climbs a tree to take a humorous look at a three-toed sloth.

OUR DAILY BREAD 20 MARCH 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Getting face to face with the world’s slowest moving mammal, he greets it with a “boo!” Failing to get a reaction, he explains that going slow is what you do if you are a three-toed sloth living primarily on leaves that are not easily digested and not very nutritious.

In a rehearsal of Israel’s history, Nehemiah reminds us of another example and explanation for going slow (9:9–21), but this one isn’t comical.

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According to Nehemiah, our God is the ultimate example of going slow—when it comes to anger. Nehemiah recounted how God cared for His people, instructing them with life-giving laws, sustaining them on their journey out of Egypt and providing them with the Promised Land (vv. 9–15).

OUR DAILY BREAD 20 MARCH 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Although Israel constantly rebelled (v. 16), God never stopped loving them. Nehemiah’s explanation? Our Creator is by nature “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (v. 17). Why else would He have borne so patiently His people’s complaints, disbelief, and distrust for forty years? (v. 21). It was because of God’s “great compassion” (v. 19).

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What about us? A hot temper signals a cold heart. But the greatness of God’s heart gives us room to patiently live and love with Him.

By: Mart DeHaan

OUR DAILY BREAD 20 MARCH 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

In what areas of your life do you need to practice being slow to anger? How does it make you feel that God is slow to anger with you?

Father in heaven, fill us with the Spirit of Your graciousness, compassion, mercy, and love so that others can see not just our restraint, but our love because of You.

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