Daily Bible Study with Purpose

 

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” (Isaiah 28:16)

 

THE CORNERSTONE CALLED JESUS

 
  I have a few friends who are true shopaholics. In particular, Miriam, who is not unlike me, has been known to “make a dollar holler”! Miriam and Jenna can sniff out a bargain with Beverley falling in at a very close distance. Of course, most of our shopping is off-broadway (outside of the malls), mostly at boutiques—the GW (Goodwill) Boutique.
 
One of our favorite places to have what we consider retail therapy. My friend Charlene is a mall shopper and loves Macy’s, Linda loves Belk’s, Donna goes crazy in JC Penny’s, and Sear’s you would think is Jean’s second home. Now since the pandemic hit the Coronavirus 2019, no one is doing much retail therapy. 
 

All shopping malls have four cornerstone stores possessing greater size and resources at each corner, with smaller retail stores filling in. All of those mentioned above reminded me of the most significant Cornerstone whom the builders rejected—Psalm 118:22.

 

Jesus, the rejected Cornerstone, is now the essential part of the church. 

(Acts, 4:11).  It is because of Jesus that we have access to the Father by one Spirit.

 
 
Ephesians 2:18-22 “For through him, we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief Cornerstone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
 
 
Even more fulfilling than retail therapy is having more time for relational therapy with Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No need for a mask or face shield, no need for travel, He’s open 24/7, and He has a storehouse full of knowledge to glean.
 

He has paid for all that we want to receive, no coupons or special discount days required. We have found that we can now shop in the chapters of God’s Word with more significant results, and the only closet we have to enlarge is our hearts. 

~ A Devotional written by Diana L.W.Coleman


Journal Prompts

  • Reflect on situations in which you need to show patience to others.
  • Do I seek to people-please because of fear of rejection or abandonment?
  • What can I learn from today’s reading to help me realign with Christ?

 

This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose ®, 2020.

 

 

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