Bible Passage for Meditation: John 1:1-13
Key Verse: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12
God in His providence gave us His Word for all circumstances of life. In the beginning His Word made something out of no-thing. And it was His powerful Word that made every-thing “very good.” Our first parents were instructed to keep everything “very good” by obeying the Words of God. However, it is through the disobedience of man that the world is no longer “very good.”
Thankfully God does not change. So it is the very Word that made beauty out of chaos that shines His light into our dark hearts. It is the same Word that sustains us, the same Word that gives us hope and courage, the same Word that recreates us and gives us power to become sons of God once again.
John 1:12 tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
In the book, In Heavenly Places we are told, “The Lord has determined that every soul who obeys His Word shall have His joy, His peace, His continual keeping power. Such men and women are brought near Him always, not only when they kneel before Him in prayer, but when they take up the duties of life. He has prepared for them an abiding place with Himself, where the life is purified from all grossness, all unloveliness. By this unbroken communion with Him, they are made colaborers with Him in their lifework” (p. 53).
What a privilege it is to me to be called a son of God. I was once a son of the world, but now because of the sacrifice of His Son on Calvary, and because of the power of His Word, I have become a new man, a re-creation. I may not be good in and of myself, but I’m covered by Christ’s goodness, and that is “very good.” And as I spend time in His Word, and seek to understand and obey His words of love, I can be a colaborer with Him in reaching others.
God has called all of us out of darkness, nothingness, to be channels of the joy of salvation and to declare to the world His living Word. Shall we accept that challenge today?
Heart Prayer Challenge
Dear Lord, help us to see the beauty of Your Word today. Also, open our eyes to see You in Your Word. Please make us willing to gladly obey and trust You and Your Word, no matter where You choose to lead us. Help us know how to pray, as we continue to lift up our church and leaders. We are a broken people without You. We need Your power to make us and re-create us to be who You’ve called us to be. Thank You for hearing this prayer. Amen.
By Roman Ril
(Co-author with his wife, Raluca, of the 10 Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. He and his wife serve the Lord in Germany as missionaries. To read more of Roman’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)