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God's Message for Each Day: Wisdom from the Word of God

God's Message for Each Day: Wisdom from the Word of God

by Eugene Peterson


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JANUARY

God is the living center of everything.


JANUARY 1
GOD IS SURE OF US
God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit.
1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message

We wander like lost sheep, true; but God is a faithful shepherd who pursues us relentlessly. We have our ups and downs, zealously believing one day and gloomily doubting the next, but He is faithful. We break our promises, but He doesn’t break His. Discipleship is not a contract in which if we break our part of the agreement He is free to break His; it is a covenant in which He established the conditions and guarantees the results....

All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us.

    A Long Obedience

JANUARY 2
GOD LISTENS
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.
Psalm 37:5, The Message

We live in a noisy world. We are yelled at, promoted, called. Everyone has an urgent message for us. We are surrounded with noise: telephone, radio, television, stereo. Messages are amplified deafeningly. The world is a mob in which everyone is talking at once and no one is willing or able to listen. But God listens. He not only speaks to us, he listens to us. His listening to us is an even greater marvel than his speaking to us. It is rare to find anyone who listens carefully and thoroughly....

When it happens we know that what we say and feel are immensely important. We acquire dignity. We never know how well we think or speak until we find someone who listens.

    Reversed Thunder

JANUARY 3
PIECES OF LIFE
“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”
Matthew 22:21, The Message

Our citizenship is in heaven,” say those who pray, and they are ardent in pursuing the prizes of that place. But this passion for the unseen in no way detracts from their involvement in daily affairs: working well and playing fair, signing petitions and paying taxes, rebuking the wicked and encouraging the righteous, getting wet in the rain and smelling the flowers. Theirs is a tremendous, kaleidoscopic assemblage of bits and pieces of touched, smelled, seen and tasted reality that is received and offered in acts of prayer.

    Where Your Treasure Is

JANUARY 4
LIVING WELL
Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.
Psalm 119:27, The Message

What do Bible stories tell us about living this human life well, living it totally? Primarily and mostly they tell us that it means dealing with God. It means dealing with a lot of other things as well: danger and parents and enemies and friends and lovers and children and wives and pride and humiliation and... sickness and death and sexuality... and fear and peace—to say nothing of diapers... and breakfast and traffic jams and clogged drainpipes and bounced checks. But always, at the forefront and in the background of circumstances, events, and people, it’s God.

    Leap Over a Wall

JANUARY 5
WE ARE BECOMING
When the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
1 Corinthians 13:10, The Message

Not one of us, at this moment, is complete. In another hour, another day, we will have changed. We are in process of becoming either less or more. There are a million chemical and electrical interchanges going on in each of us this very moment. There are intricate moral decisions and spiritual transactions taking place. What are we becoming? Less or more?

    Run with the Horses

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