Note: This week’s series of verses begins with an illustration from the prophet Jeremiah. He has girded himself with a new belt, set it aside, and retrieved it after it had fallen apart. The practice of girding on a belt is seen throughout the Bible.
Jeremiah 13: 6, 7 Many days later the Lord said to me, “Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.” So I went to Perath and dub up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.
Prayer: O God, may we remain ever open to the messages in deed you send to us.
Thought for the day: The telegraph was a transcription of a series of dots and dashes that used Morse code.
Joel 1: 13, 14 Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offering sand drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God.
Prayer: Lord, we humbly admit sometimes we should wear the garments of mourning.
Thought for the day: What became of black attire for funerals?
Ps 18:39, 40 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
Prayer: Lord God, we are secure when we are armed for spiritual warfare by you.
Thought for the day: Experimental bullet-proof vests are for dummies.
Isaiah 11: 4, 5 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Prayer: Lord God, you are wrapped in righteousness and altogether holy.
Thought for the day: Some poverty is mass-produced.
Luke 12: 35, 36 Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we always be ready to serve you.
Though for the day: Why did the woman with the flat tire have no car jack?
Ephesians 6:14 stand firm the, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may truth be girt about us along with the whole armor of the Gospel.
Thought for the day: Truth on your side is an armor.
I Peter 1: 13 Therefore, prepare you minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Prayer: Lord God, may we be prepared to act for thy namesake.
Thought for the day: Fire extinguishers need to be charged at all times.
Thought for the day: Why do some actresses insist that they never be photographed without their makeup?
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