TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, July 28, 2020:
The imparting or interchanging of thoughts, information, feelings or opinions; the means of sending messages.
So, Moses wrote the Law and delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel. And Moses commanded them, saying: “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the year at the Feast of the Tabernacles, read to all the Law.”
No man ever spoke like this Man!
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The greatest communicator of all time was Jesus. In the verse above from the book of John the temple officers returned to the chief priests and the Pharisees and they asked why they had not brought Jesus to them. Their response was that, “no man ever spoke like this man,” therefore the Pharisees asked the temple guards if they had been deceived as the crowds had been deceived about this man -- Jesus!
The temple guards were Levites who worked in the temple to maintain order so they were religiously trained and knowledgeable. They were sent by the chief priests and Pharisees with orders to seize Jesus. Something happened when they came face to face with Jesus and heard Jesus’ powerful preaching. Jesus’ words got to them. They could not bring themselves to arrest Him.
Indeed, Jesus was a great communicator, but more than just a communicator He came to this earth with the greatest message ever given, to save sinners like you and me from our sins. He had a message that needed hearing and there were those, like the Pharisees, who refused to hear the message and wanted Him done away with. They were self-righteous and arrogant because they felt they had superior religious knowledge. They had closed their minds to what Jesus was communicating to them.
No one can communicate to those who are not willing to listen. Communication requires listening and as Christians we must be willing to listen to what God is communicating to us. If we do not listen, how can God talk to us?
We are living in a day when communication is basically taken for granted. We can call anyone at any time on a cell phone. We can send an Email, a text message and even a video, face time and get connected immediately. But with all these communication aids most individuals do not use them to strengthen their faith or to reach out to their world with the message of truth that God has given us.
Why is that true? It is because it is not considered to be important and not a priority. So much communication today is just “small talk” or “idle chatter.” What people do like to talk about is themselves, what they just did or what they are going to do. And most people also like to gossip.
A believer’s first communication priority must be their communication with God. We communicate to God as we talk to Him in prayer. God then will communicate to us as we read His Word, the Bible.
Our second communication priority is our communication with our family. Sadly, the American family has very little communication with each other even in this day of so many communication aids. We are missing the time needed every day in the home for communication on a one to one basis. Families do not eat together; they do not share concerns or problems and they do not even play together. Dad goes one way; mom goes another and the children still another way. With parents both having to work to make ends meet and with child care making that possible, families have little quality time together.
One thing we notice now is that when we are out in public, the majority of people we see have their cell phone to their ear or are sending or reading something on it and paying very little attention to those they are with or even what is going on around them. Very rarely do we see anyone stop and thank God for the food.
Many families, years ago, when we were growing up would take time to eat a meal each day together. A family of believers would take time at the dinner hour to pray together and read the Bible together every day. Today this is basically not practiced and not considered to be part of a family’s schedule.
So, the question is, “How can a family bond with each other without any kind of communication with one another? How can a family of believers be bonded together in their love for the Lord if they do not communicate together with God?” The answer is simple -- they cannot! And then we wonder what is wrong with our society, what is wrong with our families, what is wrong with our schools, what is wrong with our churches and what is wrong with our leaders in government? What is wrong stems from the fact that God has been taken out of the picture. We are living in a godless society.
What we need today is a new sense and desire among family members to communicate with each other. Even more importantly, we need to get back to communicating with God our Heavenly Father. How do you respond? Do you care enough to make it happen in your home? And if you already communicate daily with your family and to God, do you care enough to encourage others to do the same?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 2:4.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Thank You, Lord, that through prayer I have the opportunity to communicate my concerns to You. Give me the courage today to communicate to my family that we need to not only communicate with each other but we also need to communicate daily both individually and together as a family with You. Help me to be a good listener when others are trying to communicate their needs and concerns to me. Make my heart receptive to the message that God is communicating to me when I read the Bible.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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