Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 28th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 28th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 28th July 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 28 July 2022 Written BY Dr. Russell L. Meek (Moody Theological Seminary)

TOPIC: RIGHTEOUSNESS IS BETTER

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 21

KEY VERSE: To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. PROVERBS 21:3

MESSAGE

What does God want from us? In the Bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see individuals struggle to please God, often failing to understand what He wanted from them. In the prophet Micah’s day, God’s people asked (with sarcasm) what more He could possibly want from them.

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The Lord responded, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Mic. 6:8). In the New Testament, Jesus castigated the Pharisees because they were obsessively nit-picky about tithing even their spices, yet they “neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matt. 23:23).

While most of us don’t rely on animal sacrifices or tithing our mint and dill to appease God, we may be tempted to think that God will be pleased with us when we fulfill certain religious requirements: attend church on Sunday, give money, or read our Bible.

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While these are not bad things, today’s Proverb that “to do what is right and just” is “more acceptable” (v. 3). It’s helpful to look at the verse that comes before it: “A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart” (v. 2). God sees not only what we do but also our true intent.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 28th July 2022

The Bible is clear what doing righteousness and justice looks like: caring for orphans, widows (James 1:27), the poor (Deut. 15:7), and the foreigner (Ps. 146:9). It means extending God’s love to those in society who are vulnerable. And it means loving our neighbor like ourselves. The Bible’s call to justice and righteousness requires more from us than church attendance. God has called us to follow Him wholeheartedly and sacrificially, not just to add more religious activities to our lives.

>> Have you been tempted to rely on religious rituals to ensure your rightness with God? How can you, today, follow God, deny yourself, and practice righteousness and justice?

Pray with Us

Oh, the wheedling appeal of legalism! How easily we believe we can achieve righteousness by wearing the right clothes or avoiding the wrong media. In truth, only You impart holiness. Teach us righteousness on Your terms.

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Dr. Russell Meek teaches Old Testament and hermeneutics at Moody Theological Seminary. He is a columnist for Fathom magazine and writes widely for lay and academic audiences about all things Old Testament and its relationship to the Christian life. Russell, his wife, and their three sons live in north Idaho, where you’ll find them gardening, cooking, and exploring the wild.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 28th July 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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