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Wrong Address, Right Reader

  • August 2016 Issue
From the Editors
God is using the ministry of Today in the Word to reach people, sometimes in unexpected ways! Sarah, one of our Donor Resource Management team members, regularly receives calls from people who are moving and need to change their address so that they can keep receiving their copy of Today in the Word. But sometimes the monthly devotional continues to arrive at their original address for the next few months while the postal service catches up with the address change. The new residents open their mailbox to find a copy of Today in the Word addressed to the previous occupant.

Some of these people have then contacted Sarah to ask if they can be added to the mailing list. They want to continue receiving this devotional that was originally sent to them by “mistake.” As you and I know, with our God there are no mistakes. This devotional that was intended for one person is now ministering to another. Isn’t it amazing how God can work—even through the tangle of red tape—to work His will in our hearts and lives!

It reminds me of a verse in Genesis where Joseph is reflecting on the twists and turns of his life, particularly the evil actions of his brothers. He says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Gen. 50:20). What a wonderful God we serve, a God who is perfect in every way. What we may be tempted to view as a simple mistake might have been intended by God for good “to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

As you complete the study this month, will you join me in praying for the wide-reaching, life-changing ministry of Today in the Word? Please ask God to continue to use it to strengthen readers in their knowledge of His Word. Ask that God will extend the reach of this ministry and continue to use this devotional in unexpected ways. We desire to reach new readers who may have never experienced a personal relationship with our Savior.

Thank you for your financial support of this ministry. We depend on the contributions of every reader to underwrite the considerable expenses of producing this devotional. As you give to the ministry of Today in the Word, know that we consider you a partner in ministry, and you are helping men and women grow in the knowledge and grace of God and His Word that accomplishes His will in their lives.

BY Bruce Everhart , Executive Editor

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