Scripture: “ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”( Matthew 23:27)
Devotional: God is our protective Father, and our loving Mother. Though the power of His Holy Spirit He loves and nurtures His children. He longs to gather us under His wing as a mother hen gathers her baby chicks and leads them to safety. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ we have received forgiveness for our sins and can enter into the presence of God and receive the blessings that come from being adopted into His family. At the point of our faith in Jesus Christ, God sends His Holy Spirit to give us new life. As we walk in obedience to God’s word the Holy Spirit will nurture and teach us just as the mother of a young child loves, nurtures, and teaches her children. God’s Holy Spirit was there with Him before the foundations of the earth were laid (Proverbs 8:22). The Holy Spirit is the life giver of the body of Christ, the church, corporately and individually. Without the Mother of the family, no children are born into that family. Without the Holy Spirit no children are born into the Lord’s Church. Just as a human child is the express image of their Father and Mother, Jesus Christ was the express image of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 1:3). In days of old God spoke through the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken through His Son. We have His written word to read and study. We also have the indwelling of His Holy Spirit to help us with the understanding and interpretation of the word. Knowledge and wisdom are not the same. We can have knowledge of God’s word without the Holy Spirit but only God’s Holy Spirit can give us the wisdom to know how to apply that word in our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your children are very much in need of the nurturing embrace of your Holy Spirit. We pray in the words of the old gospel song, “Send the light, the blessed gospel light. Let it shine from shore to shore”.
"There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save. Let it shine forevermore". Let the light of your gospel truth shine on our nation today. Give your children understanding of your words and the wisdom to live out that truth that we might be an example to the lost and dying of our world. We ask these things in the name of your precious Son, Jesus Christ who died to save us from our sin. Amen.