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The Strong But Gentle

Recently we shared about the ongoing value of the Moravian Daily Text. It is interesting to witness the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit in using this resource as a way to build up the church. Sometimes the impact of a good word has far-reaching consequences, and the reading from a year ago today is as powerful and relevant now as it was then – if not more so.

David said to his son Solomon, “The Lord God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” – I Chronicles 28:20

Blessed are the strong but gentle

trained to serve a higher will,

wise to know th’ eternal purpose

which their Father shall fulfill.

Blessed are they who with true passion

strive to make the right prevail,

for the earth is God’s possession

and his purpose will not fail.

The Lord will give you understanding in all things. – 2 Timothy 2:7

O teach us all your perfect will

to understand and to fulfill:

when human insight fails, give light;

this will direct our steps aright.

Gracious Lord, you give us greater knowledge of our world. Your light and grace lead us to a place of hope and love. May we have the courage to follow. Amen.

We are called to be “strong but gentle,” called to “strive to make the right prevail,” through the light of God who is with us, who does not abandon us midday, whose purpose will not fail or crumble, who trains us to serve “a higher will.”

Today, search for this wisdom with gentle strength, and rest knowing that your work for the prevailing of the right is not lost or wasted, but woven into the unfailing purpose of God.

Cherishing the Moravian Daily Text

It’s no secret that World Methodist Evangelism deeply appreciates the life-giving work of those who put together the annual Moravian Daily TextIf you recall, it was an encounter with Moravians that left John Wesley realizing what he lacked in his spiritual journey as he witnessed the calm constancy and joy of their witness in the middle of what could have been a fatal storm while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

What other daily devotional guide has been published for over 200 years? The unique way in which texts are chosen and placed with stanzas from hymns, concluding with a little prayer, has uplifted Christians for centuries. While you can purchase a physical copy online, you can also find the day’s readings online as well.

Here is today’s.

Wednesday, January 25 — Psalm 17:1–7

1 Chronicles 23; Acts 15:32–16:3

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. Psalm 33:12

Paul wrote: Joyfully give thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:12

Lord our God, you have made us rejoice! Thank you for coming into our lives and choosing us to be your children. Help us to live lives worthy of your favor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What an important reflection. Our heritage comes from our God to whom we belong: our inheritance comes from God, who enables us to share with the saints, in the light. What powerful words in our world today. Our identity is wrapped up in our relating to God. Nothing else can surpass that – not our last name, our nationality, our genes.

What comes from this realization? Happiness, and joyful giving of thanks.

I encourage you today to make the Moravian Daily Text part of the way in which you relate to God daily. It will remind you whose you really are.