Colossians 4:8-9 – The Joy of God at Work

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I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
(Colossians 4:8-9 ESV)

As believers there is a joy that comes with knowing how God is at work in a person’s life.   This was the same with Paul and the many churches he helped plant or pastor.   Paul was sending a friend to the Church in Colossia to give them the letter we know as the book of Colossians.  In it, he encouraged and told them that he was doing well in jail and God was working through him there.

We at Short Daily Devotions would like to follow in Paul’s footsteps and let you know what God is doing here.  Our hope is to encourage all of you who read our devotions and thank you for being a part of them.

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Matthew 16:13-15 – Jesus, Upon Whom History is Hinged

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Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-15 ESV)

Jesus of Nazareth is a man completely unavoidable, one upon whom all of history is hinged. Whether designated BC, BCE, CE or AD, all of man’s dating systems are split by the life of Jesus Christ. More books have been written, and more songs sung about this man than any other. He is perennially popular in the media, making appearances in cartoons, movies and countless documentaries. In short, whether a Christian or not, it seems everyone has something to say about Jesus.

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2 Chronicles 7:1 – His Wrath Diverted

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As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. (2 Chronicles 7:1 ESV)

The Temple, the dwelling place of the Lord, was being consecrated by king Solomon, the wisest man of his day. At the end of his prayer, and in the presence of the people of Israel, fire rushed from heaven engulfing the offering and sacrifices in heavenly flame. This display of power awed every person present and sent them to their faces, bowing before the mighty one of Israel. This scene would echo again, some thousand years later, as Jesus hung on the cross, for “it was the will of the Lord to crush him,” (Isaiah 53:10).

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