Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July 2022 Devotional Message for Saturday– Dealing With Loss And Its Consequences
SU Daily Guide 23rd July 2022 Devotional for Saturday
TOPIC: Dealing With Loss And Its Consequences
OPENING PRAYER: Lord, I pray that you lead me into your truth as I meditate on your word in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 38:12‐30
Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July 2022 MESSAGE
Judah recovered from grieving over the death of his wife to continue with life (v.12). Overcoming grief, particularly due to the loss of a dear one, can be very challenging. Paul gives us the principle that should direct our mourning in 1 Thessalonians 4:13‐18. Let us learn to hand over our pain to God.
Then our “knock down” will not become a “knock out”. Tamar felt unfairly treated by her father‐in‐law who reneged on his promise to give her his third son in marriage. She devised some strange schemes to entice Judah because of her strong desire to have children (v.16).
Some people can go to any length to pursue their rights or desires, often throwing decency and sanity to the wind. Judah’s loneliness as a widower might have driven him into immorality that led him into Tamar’s trap (vs.15‐18).
This is a stern warning to widows and widowers who should take every precaution to avoid falling into sexual sin. See 1 Corinthians 7:8‐9 for Paul’s advice. Judah did not see any evil in hiring a harlot for a night yet was ready to execute Tamar (v.24).
Does this not happen in the churches today? Elders pass harsh judgment on people who committed the same evil they too have committed in secret (2 Samuel 12:1‐7; Matthew 7:1‐5).
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July Closing Prayer
• Make Psalm 139: 23‐24 your prayer.
Prayer for the week
• Pray for people living with disabilities in Nigeria. Believe God that the Nigeria government and the various denominations will remember them and make provisions to make their lives easier to manage.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with 1 Chronicles 16:34
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Micah 4, 5; Psalms 68.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is… .
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Daily teaching us Godly ways and strategies that will ensure we start this Christian race, continue steadfastly in it and finish well.
☀ Helping our heart to seek God daily as we stay quietly in His presence.
☛ Divine help to always maintain the little God has given you in your family with righteousness and justice.
☛ God to help you pray and plan while you diligently apply His principles in all you do.
☛ Grace to work heartily and look more unto God for the blessing He has promised His children.
⚠ The use of worldly strategies and thoughts that are corrosive to our spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
⚠ Negative thought patterns that invade the peace of God in our lives and make us restless.
⚠ Misperceptions that lead to anxiety, depression and self‐pity.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. Scripture Union Daily Guide 23 July 2022