Devotional for July 7, 2021
Morning: Jeremiah 18:6
Noon: Psalm 85
Evening: Isaiah 49:16
One day, my father brought home with him a couple of *tomato ___*. He took a portion and planted them in a regularly moist area. He also made sure to stake the plants to prevent them from spreading out on the ground as they grew. Finally, he supplemented them with fertilizer to speed up the growth process. Then he took the other portion and carelessly planted them in an area that offered very little possibility for the plants to grow successfully, and, unlike the other portion, he didn’t stake them or add fertilizer.
Time passed and it was evident that the first portion of tomatoes that were planted had completely rottened, while the second portion remained well and fresh.
Then I understood something: the same thing happens in our spiritual lives. People always want to accelerate the process without taking into account God’s role in growth. Defining how and when things should change or flourish is a task that corresponds only to God. A ripe fruit that has been processed with chemicals will never be as delicious as one that has successfully completed every divinely established stage of growth.
It’s the same in the spiritual realm. Give every brother and sister their dedicated time; by their fruits they shall be known. It’s necessary that their fruits sprout, grow, and mature naturally. That way, you’ll know which fruit is authentic.
Allow God to work in every aspect of life and you’ll be able to see the beautiful and perfect results.
--Naty Leidy González
Translation made by the Communications Department.
Morning Jeremiah 18:6
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Noon Psalm 85
LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land:
Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people,
Thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
3Thou hast taken away all thy wrath:
Thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
4Turn us, O God of our salvation,
And cause thine anger toward us to cease.
5Wilt thou be angry with us for ever?
Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
6Wilt thou not revive us again:
That thy people may rejoice in thee?
7Shew us thy mercy, O LORD,
And grant us thy salvation.
8I will hear what God the LORD will speak:
For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: But let them not turn again to folly.
9Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him;
That glory may dwell in our land.
10Mercy and truth are met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring out of the earth;
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good;
And our land shall yield her increase.
13Righteousness shall go before him;
And shall set us in the way of his steps.
Evening Isaiah 49:16
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
[Colombia-Santiago-Apóstol.] and [Cuba-Jatibonico]