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Scripture Passage: Job 33:26 (NKJV)

     “He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see his face with joy, for He restores to man his righteousness.”


Devotional Entry:  

One day while walking on the beach, I took notice of the ebb and flow of the water as it washed over my feet. When the water receded I noticed a broken piece of white shell. Picking it up I asked God, “So, what does this mean?” He responded in His quiet voice to my heart and it went something like this… That shell was buried and covered with all that “dirty” sand, but I washed over it, and now it was found by you. That’s how some of your brothers and sisters in Christ are…they have become covered in disappointment, neglect, and anger that they have become hidden from the world. They need to be reminded that I love them no matter what they are going through. I need you to remind them that I am always by their side. I need you to remind them to trust me. And, I need you to remind them that I love them unconditionally. There are so many broken “shells” in this world that are camouflaged in smiles and “I’m just fine” that we miss seeing what is really happening in their lives. You never know what action or the time you take to listen to them will restore their faith in God. On the extreme side, when I give food or some cash to a person sitting outside of a market, I’ll sit down next to them and ask them if they would like to share with me their story. I’ve heard stories of abuse, loss of job, following a boyfriend here to California and then get dumped, or the story of how one finally gets the courage to tell the family that they are gay and get kicked out of the house. My heart breaks hearing their stories. I can only imagine how it must break His heart. I wish I had millions and millions of dollars to help each person, but I don’t. But, I can send up tons of prayers asking the Holy Spirit to watch over and protect each one and to meet their daily needs.


Challenge:

So, are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to open your heart and be willing to reach out to someone during this time of great need? Are you willing to help begin the process of restoring their faith in God? You have nothing to lose, but so much to gain.