January 1 | Daily Devotion

If you plan to read every verse of Scripture this year, use the  Lectio Continua (continuous reading) passages. The  Lectio Semi-continua (shorter reading) is an abbreviated selection of verses from the day’s passages. Lectio Divina (divine reading) is Pastor Lionel Young’s commentary on the daily readings. See the Resources page on the Lectio Divina website for additional study helps.

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina (meditation on the text)

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” ~Genesis 1:31

God created the entire universe, including man and woman, who are His image bearers. The Scriptures encourage us to see God’s hand in the beauty around us, even in the smallest of things, and to enjoy all that He has created for His glory and our good.

God placed the care of His creation into the hands of those who would benefit from it, yet we are reminded that Satan and man’s sin have brought evil into God’s world and both continue to mar the beauty of creation. Our world is like a piece of damaged art, there is still beauty, but it has been disfigured. What a heartbreaking things it is to realize that we have contributed to the problem with our own sin. However, hope is found in Matthew’s gospel: the Messiah (the Christ) has come, and through faith in Him, His death, burial, and resurrection, God begins to restore the beauty in us. In response, we restore the beauty in the world through our lives and our witness.

Jesus Christ is the only one who can restore your life and everything else in this world. Do not hesitate to ask Him to “restore the beauty” in your life and to use you to restore the beauty in the world around you.

Lectio Divina  is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of  Calvary Church  in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of  A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.