Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread Devotional | 25th August 2021

Our Daily Bread Devotional | 25th August 2021

Our Daily Bread Devotional | 25th August 2021

Our Daily Bread Devotional | 25th August 2021

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Our Daily Bread 25 August 2021 Wednesday – A Good Reason; written by John Blase (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST 2021

TOPIC: A GOOD REASON

Bible in a Year: Psalm 119:1–88; 1 Corinthians 7:20–40

Key Verse: “Put [your] religion into practice by caring for [your] own family.” 1 Timothy 5:4

Today’s Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1–8

INSIGHT: 

Some cultures give appropriate honour to the elderly; other cultures seem to despise old age. God cares deeply about the marginalized, and the concept of respect for the aged was written into ancient Jewish law. Leviticus 19, which repeats the Ten Commandments including the one to honour parents (v. 3), also says, “Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God” (v. 32).

Our Daily Bread 25 August 2021

Paul upholds this notion of respect for the elderly in his letter to Timothy in two different yet related ways: Timothy was to show the utmost respect for an “older man” he may need to correct (this was due to Timothy’s leadership position, see 1 Timothy 5:1), and he was to see that the church cared for widows in genuine need—those without family to provide for them (vs. 3–8). Children and grandchildren of widows were to show respect for their elders by caring for them. By: Tim Gustafson

MESSAGE

The two women occupied the aisle seats across from each other. The flight was two hours, so I couldn’t help but see some of their interactions. It was clear they knew each other, might even be related. The younger of the two (probably in her sixties) kept reaching in her bag to hand the older (I’d guess in her nineties) fresh apple slices, then homemade finger sandwiches, then a towelette for clean up, and finally a crisp copy of the New York Times.

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Each hand-off was done with such tenderness, such dignity. As we stood to exit the plane, I told the younger woman, “I noticed the way you cared for her. It was beautiful.” She replied, “She’s my best friend. She’s my mother.” Wouldn’t it be great if we could all say something like that? Some parents are like best friends. Some parents are nothing like that. The truth is those relationships are always complicated at best.

Our Daily Bread Devotional | 25th August 2021

While Paul’s letter to Timothy doesn’t ignore that complexity, it still calls us to put our “religion into practice” by taking care of parents and grandparents—our “relatives,” our “own household” (1 Timothy 5:4, 8). We all too often practice such care only if family members were or are good to us. In other words, if they deserve it. But Paul offers up a more beautiful reason to repay them. Take care of them because “this is pleasing to God” (v. 4). By: John Blase

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Reflection: If your parents are still living, how would you describe your relationship with them? Regardless of what kind of job they did as parents, what are some ways you can take care of them right now?

Prayer: Father, give me grace and mercy as I seek to care for those who cared for me. And help me to remember the reason I’m doing it.

Our Daily Bread 25th August 2021 Devotional Message. 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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