VMW Chaplaincy Resources
We are pleased to feature Rev. Pedro Sotelo's devotions. Soon we will have a permanent place for devotions and other submissions.
Pedro is a VVA Member from Topeka, Kansas and one of our active chaplains.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
What a humble gift from God that we can live not as strangers in a strange land but as citizens belonging to His household. Meaning that we are part of God just like Jesus prayed:
“… I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (John 17:20-24)
It is a lifelong journey where as members of His household we are all united in Christ Jesus, being built in love and perfection as God carefully fills our every being with His great love, mercy and grace. Therefore, we can exclaim with great joy just as David did: “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).
“You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:2–3)
Here is a reality of the grace of God that is always present with us at every moment. That even thought in this life circumstances can be so difficult that we can’t even feed ourselves, God is ever present providing all that we need that transcends and goes beyond human understanding. One day, there was Jesus Christ in the wilderness fasting for a period of forty days when Satan came to temp Him. In response to this great evil it was God’s provision that counter attacked the enemy, Jesus said to the enemy, “… It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew 4:4) also (Luke 4:4)
This provision from God is not only for spiritual growth but for protection as well. It is our sword, our shield, our comfort, our empowerment, our guidance; it sustains us and directs us to the only place that we can ever be saved from all, the heart of God. Today we are all invited to feast in His word. Your Father that loves you has provided it and says,
“… blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Luke 11:28)
"You are my hiding place;
You will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm 32: 7)
How wonderful it is to have the freedom not only to speak our minds but to proclaim the truth of God and know that we can trust Him with everything in our lives. His protection over us is everlasting and His deliverance breaks away that chains that binds us.
And God says:
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with My loving eye on you." (Psalm 32: 8)
Today, His voice resonates within our hearts with a promise to guide us and counsel us in every moment, for His loving eye is always on us.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ "Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ "The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" (Matthew 25:34-40)
It is humbling to know that carrying for what God cares it does touches His heart. At the same time everything we do, we are to do it unto the Lord for it is Him only that we serve. So, who are we truly serving right now? Is everything, and I mean everything we have surrendered to God? This is the cross that we bear daily. However, is it not without notice because God is with us always. And He is taking every step with us as He guide us and keeps us. Therefore, let us stand with confidence in Christ Jesus, and serve Him even to the least of things.
In Service to Christ,