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Daily Devotional
June 21
 
And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
1 Corinthians 7:35
 
There is a woman in Scripture who models this very effectively. Her name is Anna ...

And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem (Luke 2:37-38).

Anna didn’t panic about her single state. She didn’t lament her situation. Rather, she realized she had an opportunity to serve the Lord without distraction. And what happened? She was given special revelation, for she recognized that which only one other man — a man named Simeon — knew: the Babe in the arms of Mary and Joseph was not an ordinary Child.

How I encourage you who have been widowed or divorced, you who feel alone or abandoned to follow the example of Anna. Look for the Lord.
Pray to the Lord.
Walk with the Lord.

Anna didn’t hang out in the Temple with God’s people because she was miserable there. Rather, I suggest she stayed there year after year because she found in the Lord exactly what her soul was craving. And so will you.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store