Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Let’s continue the discussion.”
Sometimes people ask me how I keep coming up with ideas for these daily devotional messages. They wonder how it is that I can write a daily devotional, six days a week, every week, for years on end. Where does all this come from? The short answer is “It comes from God.” The long answer is a bit more complicated.
Each month I pray and ask God to give me the theme He wants me to write about for the upcoming month. I call to Him, just like Jeremiah 33:3 says, trusting Him to give me the theme to begin with, and then to give me scripture passages and ideas all throughout the month.
Once I have that theme, it plays constantly in the back of my mind. Pretty much at all times I’m at least vaguely aware of it and thinking about it. Then, as I go through my days, I’m constantly coming across Bible verses, and ideas, and illustrations, and examples that pertain to that theme. In my personal Bible study time, in my research and study for sermons and Bible studies, in books I’m reading, magazines, newspapers, television news, and from people passing ideas along to me, I’m constantly jotting down motes for the devotionals. So, when I sit down to write, I have a lot of material to draw from.
The other day I was praying and asking God to give me the theme for August, but all I got was silence. There was nothing. So I went into my time of personal Bible study and within ten minutes I came across four passages of Scripture and one additional idea that pertained to the theme we were just finishing “Changing the tone of the conversation”. Later that day (it was a Monday and my day off), I was out riding my motorcycle and I stopped by a lake to sit and read for a while. During that short time of reading I came across several more ideas that pertained to the same theme. So in addition to the notes and ideas I had left over from July, along with the Scripture passages and ideas the Lord gave me on this day, I could write on that theme for two solid weeks just with the material I already had, even if the Lord gave me nothing else to work with.
So, I think He made it clear that we’re not yet done with the theme of “Changing the tone of the conversation”. Apparently there’s more He wants me to say on the matter and apparently there’s more for all of us to learn about it. I look forward to spending the month of August going deeper into this subject with you.