The Family of God

 With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.       Job 12:13

Have you ever had a problem you could not fix? Fortunately, there are experts to go to for just about everything: mechanics, IT experts, and therapists. But, first and foremost, go to God. As today’s verse says He has wisdom, might, counsel, and understanding. He may offer what you need directly, or He may send you to someone like those aforementioned. 

You may have heard it takes a community to raise a child. God designed the church family to help each other live a successful Christian life. Church members are to use whatever gifts, talents, and resources they have to build each other up. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks the oracles of God: whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:10-11).    

January can sometimes feel like a long month. After the holidays are over, the days are short and, in many regions, filled with gloomy weather. Turn to the Lord, in His wisdom and might, for all your needs – be they physical, spiritual, or emotional. Be a support to the family of God and, likewise, receive His strength through them. As difficulties arise in the United States and around the world, rely on the Lord in faith, trust, and hope. Pray that the Church will arise and offer comfort and encouragement to the people around them.  

Today’s Verse: Job 12:13

With God are wisdom and might; 
    he has counsel and understanding. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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