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Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023 – God’s Epic Story

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023 -  God’s Epic Story
Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023 – God’s Epic Story

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023, Friday

Read Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023, Thursday ODB Devotional Message written by Winn Collier and Insight written by Bill Crowder

Today’s ODB Devotional Topic:God’s Epic Story

Bible In One Year: Psalms 135–136; 1 Corinthians 12

Key Verse: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Today’s Scripture: John 16:25–33

Insight: John’s gospel focuses on seven sign-miracles and Jesus’ seven “I Am” claims. The Upper Room Discourse (chs. 14–16) is the main teaching focus of this gospel account. The teaching was given the night before the cross as Christ was preparing His disciples for His crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and return. One of the main features of the Upper Room Discourse is the promise and purpose of the coming Holy Spirit—Jesus’ provision for His people after His departure. This promise was eventually fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2), some ten days after Christ’s ascension to heaven when the Spirit came to indwell believers in Jesus.

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023 ODB MESSAGE

Life magazine’s July 12, 1968, cover displayed a horrifying photograph of starving children from Biafra (in Nigeria during a civil war). A young boy, distressed, took a copy of the magazine to a pastor and asked, “Does God know about this?” The pastor replied, “I know you don’t understand, but, yes, God knows about that.” The boy walked out, declaring he was uninterested in such a God.

These questions disturb not only children but all of us. Alongside an affirmation of God’s mysterious knowledge, I wish that boy had heard about the epic story God is continuing to write, even in places like the former nation of Biafra.

Jesus unfolded this story for His followers, those who assumed He’d shield them from hardship. Christ told them instead that “in this world you will have trouble.” What Jesus did offer, however, was His promise that these evils weren’t the end. In fact, He’d already “overcome the world” (John 16:33). And in God’s final chapter, every injustice will be undone, every suffering healed.

Genesis to Revelation recounts the story of God destroying every unthinkable evil, making every wrong right. The story presents the loving One whose interest in us is unquestioned. Jesus said to His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace” (v. 33). May we rest in His peace and presence today.

REFLECT: How does the story you see feel tragic? How does Jesus’ promise to write a good ending free you?

PRAY: Dear God, it’s hard for me to see how You’ll right all the evils. But I trust You to do it.

READ ALSO: Catholic Daily Gospel Reflections 1st September 2023

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 1st September 2023, Friday ODB Message . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread devotional for today audio our daily bread booklet.

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