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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Today's Devotional

Watch Your Medicine

"You must take the blue pill in the morning. The pink pill is for bedtime. But remember that the red pill is the one that you take at noon."

This is the type of conversation that I hear on a regular basis as I visit shut-ins in their homes. They all seem to have been given prescriptions by well-meaning doctors, and their family members feel that this is so important. We all need pills occasionally for an ailment. But don't we all too often overlook the all-important need of medicine for our souls?

Proverbs 17:22a – A cheerful heart is good medicine. (NIV)

Proverbs 3:7b-8 – Fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (NIV)

Isaiah 38:15b-16 – I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul. Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. (NIV)

I discovered some valuable things that I would encourage you to try with me.

1. Every morning when I get up, I thank God for giving me another day and seek the quiet corner that I have reserved.

2. Next, I have my daily Scripture reading, with selections from books and devotionals explaining the Word.

3. Then, I have my time of quiet prayer, for friends, enemies, the sick, and our country. It seems that more and more seniors need our prayers on a regular basis.

3 John 1:2 – Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (NIV)

4. Finally, it is meditation time. This is when I listen for God speaking to me. It's better to do this in the quiet corner before the television or radio start their messages. This, I find, is a valuable ten minutes. So often, God cannot reach us as we get too busy.

Don't throw your pills away, but will you try this with me for one month?

Prayer: Lord, we give You thanks today for doctors, nurses, and hospital staff as they go about their duties on our behalf. Thank You for Your healing power that is ours through attention to Your Word. Amen.

William Hamblen <whamblen@cogeco.ca>
Brockville, Ontario, Canada


Thought for Today: In times of doubt or feeling lost, remember to believe what you believed when you knew what you believed.

Verse for Today: Psalm 146:1-2 – Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (NIV)

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