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Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today 28 August 2023 || Losing Everything

August 28, 2023 – Our Daily Bread Devotional || Losing Everything
Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today 28 August 2023 || Losing Everything

Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today 28 August 2023 , Monday

August 28, 2023 – Our Daily Bread Devotional, Monday ODB Devotional Message written by Tim Gustafson and Insight written by K. T. Sim

Today’s ODB Devotional Topic: Losing Everything

Bible In One Year: Psalms 123–125; 1 Corinthians 10:1–18

Key Verse: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Today’s Scripture: Job 1:13–22

Insight: Job is one of the oldest books of the Bible. The mention of the nomadic Chaldeans (1:17) and that Job lived 140 years after his testing (42:16) suggest he lived in a patriarchal era like Abraham’s (around 2000 bc). In this setting, wealth was measured in terms of livestock and slaves instead of gold and silver (see Genesis 12:16; Job 1:3; 42:12).

The apostle James singled Job out as an example of persevering faith (James 5:11). Job’s challenges encourage us to have an authentic faith in God even in the face of pain, suffering, and death (Job 1:20–22; 2:10).

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 28th August 2023 ODB MESSAGE

The timing couldn’t have been worse. After making a small fortune engineering bridges, monuments, and large buildings, Cesar had aspirations of starting a new endeavor. So he sold his first business and banked the money, planning to reinvest it soon. During that brief window, his government seized all assets held in private bank accounts. In an instant, Cesar’s lifesavings evaporated.

Choosing not to view the injustice as a cause to complain, Cesar asked God to show him the way forward. And then—he simply started over.

In one awful moment, Job lost far more than merely his possessions. He lost most of his servants and all his children (Job 1:13–22). Then he lost his health (2:7–8). Job’s response remains a timeless example for us. He prayed, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (1:21). The chapter concludes, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (v. 22).

Like Job, Cesar chose to trust God. In just a few years he had built a new business more successful than the first. His story resembles the conclusion of Job’s (see Job 42). But even if Cesar had never recovered economically, he knew his real treasure wasn’t on this earth anyway (Matthew 6:19–20). He would still be trusting God.

Reflect & Pray
How did you feel when you experienced your greatest loss? What is the Holy Spirit showing you about your losses?

Dear God, please teach me something about Your love today. There’s so much I don’t understand.

Our Daily Bread Devotional for Today 28 August 2023 , Monday 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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