It’s almost expected for our friends to be loyal and our family to help but there is a precursor to this that we don’t always think about. These relationships need to be nurtured. Have you reached out to a friend lately to offer some help or simply meet for lunch? Make an effort to engage in an activity together with a friend or family member. Building your relationships will not go unnoticed over time.
The True Vine
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman
This is a wonderful Vine. It grew up at first like “a root out of a dry ground, with no form nor comeliness.” The soil in which it was planted seemed too poor to produce anything good. But its origin was heavenly, and it grew into luxuriant beauty. By-and-by it seemed that men in their rage had altogether destroyed this Vine, which had in it so much blessing for the earth; however, it was not destroyed, but was only lifted away from earth and transplanted to heaven. There in the garden of God its roots were fixed, and the Vine itself dropped down to earth again, and began to send out branches in all directions. Every poor little human life which attaches itself to this Vine is grafted on it and becomes a branch in it, drawing life from the Vine’s fullness, and sharing its fruitfulness.
These branches are not left to grow wild and untended, but have wise and skilful care. It ought to be a great comfort to us to know that as branches we are under the culture of a husbandman who is none other than our heavenly Father: “Your Father is the husbandman.” We are very sure that His care will be both wise and tender. If an ignorant, inexperienced, unskillful man were to enter a beautiful vineyard and begin cutting away at the vines, he would soon destroy them. He does not know what he ought to prune off, or what he ought to leave on the vine.
But if the man who comes to tend the vineyard understands vines, and has had long experience and is skilful, there is no danger that he will do harm in his pruning. Sometimes, indeed, He may seem to be cutting the vine to death; but we know that He understands what He is doing, and that all His prunings are for the good of the branches. By-and-by we shall see increased fruitfulness as the result of His unsparing work.
GOD LISTENS TO YOUR CRY
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today
I pray that you will learn to call on the Lord in your distress. Call on Him, for He will surely answer you. I pray that you will realize that He never banished you from His sight or abandoned you. He has been waiting, all this time for you to put your hope and trust in Him. May you turn to the Lord, then, and experience His grace. I pray that you will understand that no matter how deep your distress is, He can hear your cry and reach down to the depths to help you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
REST WITH GOD
Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Luke 11:1
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will find a place of solitude to rest with God. Just as Jesus often withdrew to quiet places to pray, may you also withdraw from the demands of this world to dialogue with the Father. I pray that you will hunger for time alone with God. May you cultivate the habit of spending time with Him each day. As you set aside time for His Word, I pray that He will satisfy you; you will have your fill!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Retrospection Should Lead to Self-Abasement
And Jacob said, I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant.
Unworthy, Lord, of all
Thy mercies though we be,
Yet for the greatest we may call,
The greatest are most free.
The second part is the challenge to all. Being loving is good but is your action the result of giving or getting? One way of showing your love is by encouragement. Encourage her in her good deeds even if it diminishes your pride. Put her first always like God did for us.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus,… and manifested forth His glory.
It is said that in doing this beginning of His signs, Jesus “manifested” His glory. The glory was there before, the power to the great things, but not till now was it revealed, manifested, put forth. It is said that He “manifested His Glory.” Glory means power, brightness. This glory seems here to have been only simple kindness. A host, in the midst of his wedding feast, discovered that the wine had run out. We can imagine his dismay and his embarrassment. How could he explain it to his guests? No man wants to seem mean on the occasion of his wedding. Then Jesus came to His friend’s relief and used His “glory,” His divine power, to change the water into wine.
The glory of Christ was shown as truly in the smallest words of comfort, in taking little children in His arms and blessing them, as it was in His raising the widow’s son or Lazarus. So we show just as much love in doing the commonest kindness as if we were to do some great thing.