Ed M.’s devotional today focuses on the prophet Ezekiel, especially Ezek 1.3: “The hand of the Lord was upon him.”

The Lord was with the prophet. He promises to be with us. He will make His home in us. “If anyone loves Me,” Jesus affirmed, “he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him,” John 14:23. We have a close connection—an intimate friendship—with the Lord, I John 1:3; Revelation 3:20. Should that not energize us to fulfill His calling.

The verse quoted above is one of my favorites.

Focus question: How do you remain energized in order to fulfill God’s calling?

Because of travel, I’m late in Ed M.’s devotionals. I just read his entry on Neh 8.10.

… we have good reason to be happy. For, at all times, a holy joy is a defense against evil, a strength in sorrow, a power to endure trying circumstances.

Amen, amen!

Focus question: How does sadness bring weakness?