Daily Archives: September 9, 2019
This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.
You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (Context vs. 1-12)
Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness
Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:
I saw the tears of the oppressed—
No Man Is an Island | Becky Newman
Relationship is a necessity for how God made us. He did not create us to be alone. When Adam, through relationship, told God he was lonely, God created a companion and help-mate for him. Plus, God’s two commands for us are all about relationship — love God above all, in relationship with Him, and love others, in relationship with them.
Talk to someone sitting alone. I have been that person sitting alone a lot. I have pitied myself in it. But at some point I realized that I need to be the one to act to change it. First, by not choosing to sit alone. Second, in that choice, to find a person sitting alone and sit next to them to make sure they don’t make that same mistake. As uncomfortable and awkward as I am sitting with someone I don’t know and trying to start a conversation, You give me the strength to show love to others.
As I have the opportunities today and this week, open my eyes to those sitting alone and give me the strength to sit with them and start a conversation.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.