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ESV — Daily Light on the Daily Path: Day 267
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Morning
Ezra 9:9; 1 Pet. 4:12; Heb. 12:7, 8; Deut. 13:3; 1 Sam. 12:22; Isa. 49:15; Ps. 146:5; Luke 18:7, 8

“Our God has not forsaken us.”

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.—It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

“The Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

“The Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.”—“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”—Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily.”

Evening
Rev. 21:7; 1 Cor. 15:19; Heb. 11:16; 1 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 3:21, 22; 1 Cor. 2:9, 10; 2 John 8; Heb. 12:1

“The one who conquers will have this heritage.”

If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.—As it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.—An inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

All things are yours,… the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours.—“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.—Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.—Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

xFor we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, ybut has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection1 in Judea and Jerusalem.

Footnotes

[1] 9:9 Hebrew a wall


Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at zthe fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.


It is for discipline that you have to endure. iGod is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?


If you are left without discipline, jin which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.


you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God sis testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.


22 bFor the Lord will not forsake his people, cfor his great name's sake, because dit has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.


15  n“Can a woman forget her nursing child,

that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?

Even these may forget,

yet I will not forget you.


uBlessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose vhope is in the Lord his God,


And vwill not God give justice to whis elect, xwho cry to him day and night? yzWill he delay long over them?


I tell you, he will give justice to them aspeedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, bwill he find faith on earth?”


qThe one who conquers will have this heritage, and rI will be his God and she will be my son.


19 If in Christ we have hope1 in this life only, ewe are of all people most to be pitied.

Footnotes

[1] 15:19 Or we have hoped


16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed hto be called their God, for ihe has prepared for them a city.


to kan inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and lunfading, mkept in heaven for you,


21 So jlet no one boast in men. For kall things are yours,


22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,


But, as it is written,

l“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has mprepared nfor those who love him”—


10 these things oGod has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even pthe depths of God.


Watch yourselves, oso that you may not lose what we1 have worked for, but pmay win a full reward.

Footnotes

[1] 1:8 Some manuscripts you


Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and wsin which clings so closely, and xlet us run ywith endurance the race that is zset before us,