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Wednesday, May 22 2019

Verse of the Day

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. [Proverbs 3:5-6 – NASB]

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve always been an “A to B” person. I like fast cars, and getting to my destination in a hurry is the name of the game. No doubt many of you will disagree. You prefer the scenic route. To you, there is nothing like a slow, meandering drive taking in the beauty of God’s creation. And, you’re right! I’m the misguided one! But, the debate about how to get somewhere in our 21st century world is not exactly the point of today’s passage.

In Old Testament times, long journeys were grueling and tiresome tasks. Most people traveled on foot over “roads” that were at best rocky, dusty, uneven, and treacherous. Because engineering was still a thing of the future, most roads in those days were twisty, winding, and often traversed mountains and other rugged terrain. Is it any wonder that the travelers of the day prayed for straight, flat paths? They longed for the easier route.

The message from today’s passage is that if we “trust in the Lord … and do not lean on [our] own understanding” then He will make our paths straight. In other words, life will be easier for us. So, trust in the Lord today and reject your own thoughts and desires. You’ll be glad you did!

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Tuesday, May 21 2019

Verse of the Day

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. [Romans 1:20 – NIV]

You know you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to not realize that God exists. His creation screams His Holy Name from the mountains, to the prairies, the deserts, the cities, the pampas, the valleys, the peat bogs, the oceans, the Arctic and Antarctic, and everywhere in between. Day and night, rain and shine, summer and winter, it makes no difference—He is there. How can you walk around at night gazing at the stars and not see Him? Only the deceit of the evil one can shield the obvious from the view of the unbelievers. All the more reason to get out and share the story of the Lamb with all you meet. Never fear; as the Apostle Paul says, you’ve got a lot of help. After all, God is all around us. And never forget, His love is irresistible. We love Him because He first loved us.

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Monday, May 20 2019

Verse of the Day

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. [Luke 24:45 – NIV]

We humans can get very passionate about our many varied interests. Take sports for example. There’s a reason that spectators are referred to as “fans”—it’s short for fanatic, which is what they are about their particular team. If you’re a sports fan, you want to learn as much as possible about sports, the teams, stats, trivia, etc., and most fans spend hours and hours each day reading, watching TV, and surfing the net. Wow! Amazing, isn’t it? Can you believe that we create all of this commotion about a game? It makes me wonder if Believers are really as fanatical as sports fans about learning and living God’s Word.

If you want to learn about your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, read the Word of God. Today’s passage makes clear that God speaks to us through His Word. The Apostle Peter tells us “… [That Believers] like newborn babies, [should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (see 1 Peter 2:2-3). It doesn’t matter where you are on your walk with the Lord; you need to be in the Word. Read it, study it, talk about it, pray about it, and live it. So get involved in a Bible Study. You’ll be glad you did!

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Friday, May 17 2019

Verse of the Day

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. …  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [2 Peter 1:5-7; 10-11 – NIV]

This is great advice from the Disciple Peter. Notice that we are to perfect our faith by adding various attributes and characteristics in a specific order and at an ever-increasing degree. I think there is a reason that they are ordered as they are. Each successive attribute builds on the previous and cannot be attained without the addition of its predecessor. I think it would behoove us to study the characteristics that Peter has noted in this passage and the order in which we are to seek and obtain them in our lives. Of course, each of these attributes (which lead to our practical sanctification) can never be fully “attained” in our life here on earth (which is why Peter says that they are to be added in “increasing measure”). But keep in mind that once goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love are attained, the servant will receive a “rich welcome into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I can think of nothing that we should seek after more than this. Thanks to Peter for some really great advice!

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Thursday, May 16 2019

Verse of the Day

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners… [1 Timothy 1:15 – NKJV]

I remember my first day of work at El Paso Energy back in 1997. Buried in the mound of paper on my desk was a job description. I briefly looked at it and then tossed it aside. Despite my cavalier attitude, job descriptions are useful things. It’s always a good idea to know what your duties and responsibilities are and what you’re expected to produce or accomplish. Almost all of us in the workforce have job descriptions, but what about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Does He get a pass from this somewhat mundane requirement? Absolutely not!

Today’s passage makes that abundantly clear. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. That’s His job description and we can get down on our knees and give thanks that His Boss, God the Father, gave it to Him! Thank you, Jesus, for doing your job!

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Wednesday, May 15 2019

Verse of the Day

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave—what can you know? [Job 11:7-8 – NIV 1984]

I grew up reading mysteries—one of the many idiosyncrasies I inherited from my parents. Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, John Dickson Carr, Robert van Gulik, Dorothy Sayers, Clayton Rawson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, etc.—I’ve read (actually it’s more like devoured) them all. One thing about a mystery novel: by the last page it’s always solved (either by the reader or the fictional detective). But in real life, there are mysteries that are never solved. Sometimes mystery surrounds something because it’s unknowable. The best example is the Lord our God. As today’s passage tells us, He is the ultimate mystery!

The fact that God is a mystery is not a bad thing. Never forget that God’s Word reveals all we need to know about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. And we Believers are blessed with the indwelling of the Spirit that helps us in our understanding of God’s ways. We also need to resist the secular world and the belief that everything is knowable; that nothing is beyond mankind’s grasp. This just ain’t so! We are not meant to know everything, at least this side of Heaven. So, give thanks for God; He’s my favorite mystery and I’m sure He’s yours too!

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