Daily Devotionals


It was that quiet time of the day just before the sunset. Sitting on his front porch, H.C. Booth was fascinated as columns of dust swirled past him and then suddenly disappeared from sight.

As he watched the swirling dust, he wondered and asked himself a question: “What if it was possible to reverse the wind, and instead of it blowing the dust, pull it back?” After much thought and many experiments, he invented the vacuum cleaner in 1901.

Each day God brings many “columns of dust and dirt” into our lives. Often they seem routine and repetitive, troubling or trying, frustrating or frivolous. We are disturbed by them, become exasperated with them, and wish they would go away. Our peace evaporates and our rage rises. But, there is hope!

James has some good advice for us. He says, “If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him and He will gladly tell you and give you what you need.” This wisdom he speaks of is “practical discernment or sensible insight” – the ability to make wise decisions during difficult times. And, we have His promise that at all times and in every situation, if we only ask, He’ll give us His insight and guide our choices to make life acceptable.

Prayer:  Lord, open our eyes to see that things do not need to remain the way they are. We have Your word that if we ask for Your insight You will surely give it to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:   If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5