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Scripture:  2 Timothy 4:17 NKJV


Scripture Reading:  The Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me.


Thought:   Three things stand out in this passage. First, the Lord stood with Paul. I picture Jesus and Paul standing together strong and tall with their arms linked, ready for whatever is coming their way. Second, the Lord strengthened him. The Lord didn’t do Paul’s work, but the Lord strengthened Paul to do the work. This is such an encouraging Scripture. Paul wrote half the books in the New Testament, performed many miracles for Jesus, and preached all over the known world, yet he still needed help. He needed Jesus to come alongside him, to stand with him, to strengthen him so that he could do what Jesus wanted him to do. And third, why did Jesus stand with Paul and strengthen him? “So that the message might be preached fully through me,” Paul said. Jesus will stand with you and strengthen you to accomplish the tasks he’s given you to do. Jesus won’t do the work for you, but he’ll empower you to do more than you could ever do on your own.


Reflection 1:   Make a mental list of the places you will be today. Picture Jesus walking alongside you.


Reflection 2:   What do you need God’s strength to do today?


Prayer:   Lord, thank you for standing with me, strengthening me, and empowering me to do more than I could possibly do on my own.


Contributor:   Aaron Baddeley

Scripture:   Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV


Scripture Reading:   As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.


Thought:   Scripture compares believers to trees (Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:8). If a tree has shallow roots, it won’t be able to withstand a windstorm, but will be uprooted. In times of drought, it will wither and die. On the other hand, if that tree has deep roots, it will withstand strong winds. In arid times, it will find refreshment in the moist soil deep beneath the surface. Similarly, if we want to withstand storms and dry times, we need to make sure we are deeply rooted in God. To continue bearing fruit, we must develop our root system by spending time alone with God in prayer and the Scriptures. No one who sees a tree says, “Those are some good-looking roots!” No, they see the leaves, the branches, the fruit. In the same way, people won’t see you deepening your relationship with Christ through time alone with him, but they’ll see the results. They’ll see you standing strong through stormy times. They’ll see your love, your joy, your peace. They’ll see your good works and glorify God because they’ll know you are rooted in Christ.


Reflection 1:   How will you deepen your roots in Jesus today?


Reflection 2:   What storms have you faced or might you be facing soon?


Prayer:   God, thank you for nourishing me every day. Help me to be rooted and built up in you and established in the faith.


Contributor:   Aaron Baddeley

Scripture:   Psalm 63:1 NKJV


Scripture Reading:   O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.


Thought:   This is one of my all-time favorite verses. Hear the cry of David’s heart. Every bone in his body longs for God and desires him—not for what God can do for him, but for who God is. In verse 5, David says, “My soul shall be satisfied,” even in a dry and thirsty land. Our world is a dry and thirsty place, unable to provide deep contentment, true peace, or lasting joy. Nothing in this world can quench our souls’ deepest longings. Money, fame, material possessions…even our families can’t sustain us. God alone refreshes our souls. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst” (    John 4:13-14 NKJV). David knew this and knew what to do: “So I have looked for You” (Psalm 63:2 NKJV). David knew he could find fulfillment, satisfaction, contentment, love, and acceptance in God alone.


Reflection 1:   How can you develop your thirst for God?


Reflection 2:   In what ways does God satisfy your soul?


Prayer:   O God, thank you for your living water and for always sustaining and refreshing me, even in a dry and thirsty land.


Contributor:   Aaron Baddeley

Scripture:   Psalm 63:8 NKJV


Scripture Reading:   My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.


Thought:   In this simple yet powerful verse, David describes the way he followed God’s lead and relied completely upon him. The Bible often reports that David “inquired of the Lord.” He entrusted every area of his life to God, looking to God for protection from enemies, provision of everything he needed, guidance when making decisions, and victory in battle. As we saw in yesterday’s reading, David also followed God simply because he desired God. Another psalmist felt the same way: “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” (Psalm 84:10).


Reflection 1:   What does following close behind God entail for you?


Reflection 2:   In what way has God upheld you?


Prayer:   God, I admit that sometimes I’ve been a straggler, lagging far behind you. Thank you for waiting for me, drawing me to yourself, and upholding me with your right hand.


Contributor:   Aaron Baddeley