Pastor Stephen Dedman

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Devotional For February 28, 2024

As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭11‬:‭5‬

We often encounter situations that defy our understanding, reminding us of the limitations of our knowledge and wisdom. In Ecclesiastes 11:5, King Solomon uses two powerful metaphors – the wind and the growth of a child in the womb – to illustrate the incomprehensible ways of God.

Just as we cannot control the direction of the wind or understand the intricate process of human development, so too are we unable to fully grasp the ways of God. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are beyond our understanding (Isaiah 55:8-9). Yet, in our limited understanding, we are called to trust in His sovereignty and His goodness.

Trusting God’s sovereignty in the unknown requires a recognition of our finite understanding and an acknowledgment of God’s infinite wisdom. It means surrendering our need for control and placing our confidence in His providence, even when we cannot see the bigger picture or understand His purposes.

Let us be reminded of the incomprehensible majesty of our God. Let us humbly acknowledge our limitations and trust in His sovereignty in every aspect of our lives. And let us do so with unwavering faith, knowing that He who made the wind and formed us in the womb is with us always, guiding us with His loving hand.

Pray

Lord, thank You for Your incomprehensible wisdom and Your unfailing love. Help me to trust in Your sovereignty, even when I cannot understand Your ways. Give me humility to acknowledge my limitations and faith to believe in Your goodness and Your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For February 27, 2024

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭12‬

Life is filled with ups and downs, joys and sorrows, victories and challenges. Romans 12:12 provides us with wisdom and guidance for living a life that honors God in every circumstance.

First, we are called to “rejoice in hope.” As followers of Christ, our hope is in the unchanging promises of God. We rejoice in the hope of salvation, the hope of eternal life, and the hope of God’s faithfulness to His Word. This hope sustains us through the darkest of times, reminding us that God is always with us and that His plans for us are good.

Secondly, we are to be “patient in tribulation.” Tribulation, or suffering, is an inevitable part of life in a fallen world. Yet, as believers, we are called to endure tribulation with patience and perseverance, trusting in God’s sovereignty and His perfect timing. Our trials are not meaningless or without purpose; they are opportunities for growth, refinement, and ultimately, for God to demonstrate His faithfulness and power in our lives.

Finally, we are encouraged to “continue steadfastly in prayer.” Prayer is our lifeline to God, our means of communion with Him, and our source of strength and guidance. Prayer not only changes circumstances but also transforms our hearts, aligning our desires with God’s purposes and drawing us closer to Him.

May we find comfort and strength in the unchanging character of our God, knowing that He is faithful to fulfill His promises and to walk with us through every season of life.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the wisdom and guidance of Your Word. Help me to rejoice in hope, to be patient in tribulation, and to continue steadfastly in prayer. Let my life be a reflection of Your grace and Your faithfulness, drawing others to You and glorifying Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Devotional For February 26, 2024

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭5‬-‭6‬

As followers of Christ, we are called to be ambassadors of His love and truth in the world. The apostle Paul provides us with practical guidance on how to fulfill this calling, particularly in our interactions with those outside the faith.

Firstly, Paul urges us to “walk in wisdom toward those who are outside.” This reminds us to conduct ourselves with discernment and holiness, especially when engaging with non-believers. Our actions and attitudes should reflect the wisdom and grace of Christ, drawing others to Him through our example.

Secondly, Paul encourages us to “redeem the time.” In a world filled with distractions and competing priorities, we are called to make the most of every opportunity to share the gospel and demonstrate Christ’s love. Time is a precious resource, and we are to use it wisely for the advancement of God’s kingdom.

Finally, Paul emphasizes the importance of our speech. He instructs us to let our speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt. Our words have the power to build up or tear down, to encourage or discourage, to point others to Christ or push them away. Therefore, we are to speak with kindness, gentleness, and respect, allowing the flavor of God’s grace to permeate our conversations.

As we strive to walk in wisdom, redeem the time, and let our speech be seasoned with salt, may we be empowered by the Holy Spirit to effectively share the hope and truth of the gospel with those around us. May our lives be a living testimony to the transformative power of God’s love, compelling others to seek Him and find salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Pray

Lord, thank You for the privilege of being Your ambassador in the world. Help me to walk in wisdom, redeeming the time, and let my speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt. May I reflect Your love and truth in all that I say and do, drawing others to You and glorifying Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.