Daily Devotional Library

Struggling and Growing in Faith

March 1, 2021

Your Brother’s Blood

Genesis 4:1-12
“Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

March 2, 2021

Make a Name for Ourselves

Genesis 11:1-9
“Let us . . . make a name for ourselves . . . [and not] be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

March 3, 2021

A Burnt Offering

Genesis 22:1-14
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

March 4, 2021

Struggles That Lead to Blessing

Genesis 37:12-28
“Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these ­cisterns. . . .”

March 5, 2021

Put Me to Death

Numbers 11:4-18
“I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.”

March 6, 2021

Moses’ Humility

Numbers 12
Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses. . . .

March 7, 2021

Samson’s Tragedy

Judges 16:21-30
The Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and . . . binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison.

March 8, 2021

Hannah’s Misery

1 Samuel 1:9-20
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping ­bitterly.

March 9, 2021

God Rejects Saul as King

1 Samuel 15:10-23
Samuel replied . . . “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

March 10, 2021

David’s Hardships and Prayers

1 Samuel 23:14-29
Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.

March 11, 2021

Painful Consequences

2 Samuel 15:1-18
“Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us. . . .”

March 12, 2021

Cursing and Throwing Stones

2 Samuel 16:5-14
As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel!”

March 13, 2021

Pray and Work, Despite Opposition

Nehemiah 4:1-6
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews. . . .

March 14, 2021

Great Mourning

Esther 4:1-3
There was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

March 15, 2021

Esther’s Urgent Request

Esther 7
Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty . . . grant me my life . . . and spare my people. . . .”

March 16, 2021

My Soul Thirsts for God

Psalm 42
My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

March 17, 2021

Jeremiah’s Suffering

Jeremiah 20:1-6
[Pashhur] had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks . . . at the Lord’s temple.

March 18, 2021

The Fiery Furnace

Daniel 3:8-30
. . . And these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

March 19, 2021

The Lions’ Den

Daniel 6:16-28
The king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den.

March 20, 2021

Strange Command

Hosea 1:2-9
The Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means not my people), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.”

March 21, 2021

God's Love

Hosea 3
“Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods. . . .”

March 22, 2021

John the Baptist Beheaded

Mark 6:14-29
[King Herod] sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, [and] beheaded John in the prison. . . .

March 23, 2021

Our Father's Love

Luke 15:11-32
“This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.

March 24, 2021

Stephen's Death

Acts 7:54-60
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

March 25, 2021

Persecution of the Church

Acts 12:1-11
King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.

March 26, 2021

Troubles and Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

March 27, 2021

A Thorn in the Flesh

2 Corinthians 12:1-10
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

March 28, 2021

Forced to Carry

Mark 15:1-24
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.

March 29, 2021

Thirsty

John 19:28-30
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

March 30, 2021

Jesus Cried Out

Matthew 27:45-50
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

March 31, 2021

Follow Jesus’ Example

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

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