with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
May 1
And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
Genesis 46:2–4
God says, “Jacob, I want you to go to Egypt. I’m not going to hold something from you that would be good for you. Your son will touch your eyes; you’ll be in fellowship with him once again.”

Romans 12 says this about God’s will: It’s good and acceptable and perfect. So often we think, “I hate the heat and can’t stand snakes. Therefore, I know God will send me as a missionary to Africa.” But that’s not the way the Father works! His will for you is good, acceptable, and perfect. Understand this, precious people: whatever God tells you to do will be good, really good for you.

In a 1998 newspaper article, I read the following . . .

Attending religious services lowers blood pressure more than tuning into religious TV or radio, a new study says. People who attended a religious service once a week and prayed or studied the Bible once a day were 40% less likely to have high blood pressure than those who don’t go to church every week or pray and study the Bible less. “If they relied on TV or radio for their religious service,” said David B. Larson, head of the National Institute for Healthcare Research, “it wasn’t as beneficial. It shows that church attendance is better for your health than even watching religious TV.” The link between religious activity and blood pressure is surprisingly strong. Previous studies show other health benefits from prayer. A 1988 study found that patients who were prayed for needed fewer antibiotics and had fewer complications in surgery. Last year, researchers found monthly church visits improved the mental health of the elderly. And researchers found earlier this year that adults who attend church once a week were more likely to have high levels of an immune system protein associated with age-related diseases. The new findings, part of a National Institute of Health initiative, came from a study of 2,391 people.

I like that! The will of the Father is indeed perfect.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.