OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Bright Spots in Bleak Places

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OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Bright Spots in Bleak Places

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

( Friday 21 August 2020 )

TOPIC: Bright Spots in Bleak Places

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Bible in a Year:

Psalms 107–109

 1 Corinthians 4

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Psalm 86:5

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Psalm 86:1–13

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

When my husband and I were exploring a small, rugged corner of the state of Wyoming, I spied a sunflower in a rocky, dry place where sagebrush, nettles, prickly cactus, and other scraggly plants grew. It wasn’t as tall as the domestic sunflower, but it was just as bright—and I felt cheered.

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

This unexpected bright spot in rough terrain reminded me of how life, even for the believer in Jesus, can seem barren and cheerless. Troubles can seem insurmountable, and like the cries of the psalmist David, our prayers sometimes seem to go unheeded: “Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy” (Psalm 86:1). Like him, we too long for joy (v. 4).

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But David goes on to declare that we serve a faithful (v. 11), “compassionate and gracious God” (v. 15), who abounds in love for all who call on Him (v. 5). He does answer (v. 7).

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Sometimes in bleak places, God sends a sunflower—an encouraging word or note from a friend; a comforting verse or Bible passage; a beautiful sunrise—that helps us to move forward with a lighter step, with hope. Even as we await the day we experience God’s deliverance out of our difficulty, may we join the psalmist in proclaiming, “You are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God”! (v. 10).

By:  Alyson Kieda

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OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

Out of what difficult place has God delivered you? During that time, did you experience any “sunflowers” that helped you persevere?

Loving God, thank You for being compassionate and gracious. Help me to remember how You’ve been faithful and answered my prayers in the past—and will again in the future.

OUR DAILY BREAD 21 AUGUST 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN.
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