Elisabeth Elliot Daily Devotional

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God Acts With A Purpose

Isaiah 55:10-11
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may
give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in
the thing whereto I sent it.

This was in the signature line of an email I received today. I’ve always focused on verse 9, (For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.), but today, this verse just really spoke to me.

God’s actions always produce good fruit. He never leads us somewhere to have a negative result. The results are beneficial on many levels. It is much like
teaching a man to fish instead of just giving him a fish for dinner. He gives us the tools to not only succeed for the moment, but to make a lifetime of
success.

Whatever area God is blessing you in, remember that it is not just for today. It is for always. Just as in Isaiah’s example, we can have a watered flower,
but the seeds need harvesting, planting, harvesting of crops and then preparation into food. As long as we continue to nurture the seeds God has given us, they can perpetuate and grow endlessly.

Accepting Forgiveness

Ecclesiastes 7:20
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

We are only human. No matter how hard we try, there will just be times that we will break fellowship with God. And He knows that. Aside from Christ, no one has been able to live a perfectly sinless life.
That is why Christ’s life and death were so important.

In the Garden of Eden we had lost our perfect bond with God. Christ bought us back. Christ’s life and death were payment for our sins. He made it possible for us to have a wonderful bond with our Heavenly Father. Christ in us would not be possible without Jesus. Could you imagine what life without that small, still voice might be like?

Fortunately we don’t have to.

I know from personal experience it is easier said then done, but beating yourself up over every little break of fellowship only keeps us from God longer. We need to realize what we did, be truly remorseful and **accept His forgiveness**. Then He can work on healing our lives so that we do not fall prey to the same sin.

God gives us His forgiveness freely. But we must take it or we become stagnant, unable to advance and move beyond. If God doesn’t condemn us, why should we hold onto condemnation?

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