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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Monday, October 04 2021

 

Recently, I found an old photo of myself and my sister. As I looked at it, I did not see myself - I saw a little boy... a little boy that had not specific purpose, no responsibilities, nothing to worry about.

 

I had a home (shelter), plenty of food to eat, and loving parents - nothing to worry about. I look at that picture again and wonder what has changed. Why have I become so obsessed with looking at that picture? What is that little boy trying to tell me? Can it be that we often look to Bible verses about children for guidance and encouragement? Is this what my inner childlike self is telling me?

 

Galatians 3:2-3

Paul reminds us that we are to continue in Christ exactly the same way we began in dependence, surrender, and the admission that we can't do it, but HE can.

 

Deuteronomy 1:30-31

The Lord God will lead the way. He will fight on our side, just as He did when we saw Him do all those things to the Egyptians. And you know that the Lord has taken care of us the whole time we've been in the desert, just as you might carry one of your children.

 

Psalm 36:7-8

God, your love is so precious! You protect people as a bird protects her young under her wings. They eat the rich food in your house. You let them drink from your river of pleasure.

 

Psalm 63:7-8

For You have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

 

The kingdom of God belongs to the children. What is blocking you from finding your way into Jesus' arms today? Or not just you, a family member, friend, coworker, even a stranger looking for guidance.

 

When we sense anyone being hindered from coming nearer to Christ, we must intervene. We must place our trust in God and rely on God.

Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father,

It has been so easy to get caught up in the "adult" life; with responsibilities and day to day functions. Sometimes we forget to let you guide our life and act as if we are in control. Please remind us, help us to be more "child-like" and remember You have us under your wing. You are in control and guiding us. Remind us constantly to look towards you when we need reassurance and protection. May we learn to take refuge in the shadow of your wings. We lovingly embrace that You are the one that does the heavy lifting in our lives. Amen.

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