Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

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Our Daily Bread 17 November 2022 Devotional For Today, Thursday: Message Written By  Monica La Rose Our Daily Bread Ministries) || ODB  Daily Reading Now  || Onwards! Unswerving

TOPIC: Onwards! Unswerving

BIBLE IN A YEAR: Ezekiel 5–7 ||  Hebrews 12

KEY VERSE: [We encouraged] . . . you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. – 1 Thessalonians 2:12

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:  1 Thessalonians 3:11–13;4:9–12

11 Now may our God and Fatherp himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.

12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Fathers when our Lord Jesus comest with all his holy ones.

9 Now about your love for one anotherj we do not need to write to you,k for you yourselves have been taught by Godl to love each other.

10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.n Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,o

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,

12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsidersq and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

The apostle Paul cared about the reputation of the gospel. In his letter to the Thessalonian church, he wanted to remove any obstacle that would prevent the hope of Jesus from impacting the city. He had good reason too. When the apostle first visited Thessalonica, his proclamation of the gospel caused quite the stir, which devolved into riots, shouting, and arrests (Acts 17:1–9).

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

In his letter to the church that grew after he left, Paul told the people to not just show love for each other but to also live quietly and mind their own business (1 Thessalonians 4:11). Why? Verse 12 says that by doing so “your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.” The apostle wanted the fledgling church to know that peace and respectability were their greatest assets in advancing the message of Jesus in the world.

OUR DAILY BREAD || NOVEMBER 17, 2022 || THURSDAY – ODB DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY

MESSAGE

In the poem “Rest,” the poet gently challenges our tendency to separate “leisure” time from “work,” asking, “Is not true leisure / One with true toil?” If you want to experience true leisure, instead of trying to avoid life’s duties, the author urges, “Still do thy best; Use it, not waste it,— / Else ’tis not rest. / Wouldst behold beauty / Near thee? all round? / Only hath duty / Such a sight found.”

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The poet concludes that true rest and joy are both found through love and service—an idea that brings to mind Paul’s encouragement to the Thessalonians. After describing his calling to encourage believers “to live lives worthy of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:12), the apostle gives more specifics.

And the picture he paints of such a life is one of quiet integrity, love, and service. Paul prays that God would “make [their] love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else” (3:12).

Our Daily Bread Devotional 17th November 2022 || ODB For Today

And he urges believers in Jesus to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,” to “mind your own business and work with your hands” (4:11). It’s that kind of life, quietly loving and serving in whatever ways God has enabled us, that reveals to others the beauty of a life of faith (v. 12).

Or, as the writer puts it, true joy is “loving and serving / The highest and best; / ’Tis onwards! Unswerving— / And that is true rest.”

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REFLECT: How does God’s presence help you experience true joy? How are rest and service united in God’s kingdom?

PRAY: Loving God, thank You that I don’t need to avoid the duties and rhythms of daily life to experience Your beauty. Help me to know the joy of a quiet life lived with You.

Our Daily Bread 17th November 2022 || ODB Today’s Devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries  (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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