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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bird Struck! Peacock

Family Devotional

Day Nine


“I posted watchmen over you who said, ‘Listen for the sound of the alarm.’” Jeremiah 6:17.

The female peacocks are quite shy, but the stunning male peacock is often quite comfortable strolling amidst people. However, if for any reason they sense danger, they let out a bloodcurdling cry to warn the others of their flock.

Because the peacock’s tails are so beautiful when spread out in full size, we often say someone who appears to be occupied with their appearance is “vain as a peacock.”

However the early Christian church saw the peacock as a symbol of vigilance. They strut their self-designated pathways much like a sentinel stands a watch.

Jesus told His disciple Peter, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail” (Luke 22:31).

Jesus is always praying for us, and He gives us warning when we are about to do something that is not good for us. This gives us time to stop and think before we act. For example, we can count to ten before losing our temper.

And in the times when we’re not sure what to do, this helps us stop and take time to pray.

Jesus continues His words to Peter saying, “Strengthen your brothers.”

When we are vigilant, we can help protect each other just as the peacocks give their warnings for everyone to hear.
           
Action
1.What causes you to lose your temper? Next time you are tempted, count silently to ten.

2.Choose a Scripture verse to memorize for times when you need to be vigilant and pray.

3.Who in your life watches over you and protects you? Give them a big hug today.

Read More
Isaiah 21:8
Ezekiel 3:16-17

Habakkuk 2:1

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