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Give me jesus

By Annette Chau
June 16, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Kings 15:25-17:24
Acts 10:24-48
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 17:9-11

As a kid, I remember looking forward to youth camp every summer. The excitement would build the closer we got - the winding roads, tall Redwoods and the smell of fresh, crisp air away from the bustling City. Not only did I love escaping to the breathtaking oasis where camp was located, I loved coming together with dozens of middle and high schoolers throughout the Bay Area to worship. Most of all, I couldn’t wait to hear what the keynote speaker had to share and loved how climatic each message was. Bible and journal in hand, I would run with anticipation to the Tabernacle each morning, excited to receive whatever challenge the speaker had for us. Towards the end of the week as camp came to a close, I always felt filled with the Holy Spirit and convicted to change from my old ways. But weeks later, after camp was done for the summer and school was in the inevitable future, I read my Bible less and less and the fire that once burned bright in my heart would slowly start to fade. Throughout the year I longed for summer to come again so I could hear a good message and feel filled again.

Today’s passage in Acts 10:24-48, refers to Cornelius, a respectable Centurion man who loved and feared God. Having heard from God in a vision, he sent for Peter to meet him in Caesarea. In anticipation of having Peter over as a house guest, Cornelius gathered his family and close friends for this important meeting. Verse 25 and 26 indicates, “As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘I am only a man myself.’” Coming across this part of the passage made me wonder how many times I’d unknowingly revered a prominent preacher or a notable speaker’s insight over the Lord himself.

With so many resources available to us now, it is easy to read a devotional or listen to a podcast and fill up on someone else’s spirituality. All of those good things, yet nothing compares with the living word of God. What privilege we have with direct access to God’s heart through His word. May we be reminded today that there is nothing better than Jesus and allow Him alone to feed our souls.

To memorize:

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
who minister by night in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

— Psalm 134:1-3

Prayer to start with:Lord, thank you for the great blessing and privilege of knowing You. Help us to hunger for your Word and thirst for more of you each day.