Our devotion yesterday began in a dark and empty church (watch yesterday's devotion here).
But Paul in today's New Testament reading (click here to read 1 Thessalonians 5), he reminds us that we are not in darkness. We know that Jesus is going to come back. That knowledge leads us to live with self-control. Through your Bible reading today, "put on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet."
Sadly, self-control does not describe God's people at the time of the Judges. Not only was there no "self-control," there was no "king-control." Notice the refrain in these appendices to the book of Judges: "In those days Israel had no king." The darkness of the sinful nature reveals itself in Micah and then in the Danites as they look out for themselves. Read the first appendix, Judges 17-18, by clicking here.
What is the shortest verse in the Bible? I grew up knowing it was John 11:35. "Jesus wept." But that is in English. In the Greek original, the shortest verse is actually 1 Thessalonians 5:16, "Rejoice always." 16 Greek letters in John 11:35, but only 14 Greek letters in 1 Thessalonians 5:16. Because Jesus came down into this world of tears to take our place, we have reason to rejoice always!
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