"God's Word is Living & Active!" ~ Hebrews 4:12
Job 23:1-27:23 ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 ~ Psalm 41:1-13 ~ Proverbs 22:5-6
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Old Testament – In chapter 23 verse 12 today Job makes such a powerful statement about his relationship with God! “I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (NIV) The first statement is of course powerful – Job has not departed from the commands of God’s. But the second statement is the one that really stood out to me today – Job has treasured God’s words more than food! This may sound like nice high holy talk from the Old Testament… but I think each of us should stop and meditate on this one in our lives today.
New Testament – I love that Paul calls Jesus the “Divine Yes” in today’s readings in Second Corinthians chapter 1 verse 19 in the NLT! Here are verses 18 through 20 in the NIV – “But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” Amen! The Law pointed to Jesus in the OT and the Law is fulfilled in Jesus. The sacrificial system pointed to Jesus in the OT and the sacrificial is fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus is indeed the Divine Yes! In your life each and every day.
Psalms – Today we read in Psalm 41 verse 1 – “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.” For some reason this verse really opens up my heart. Something about the word “weak.” Maybe this verse really speaks to me because I myself feel weak at times. And yet, I am so blessed in so many ways. And I realize that there are so many others out there in this world who may not have the blessings that I have, and who are struggling through an extremely tough cycle of weakness.
Proverbs – Proverbs 22 verse 6 today teaches us: “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.” You know, this verse actually reminds me of quite a bit of recent work I’ve had the good fortune to participate in or observe when it comes to early childhood education. 85% of a child’s brain develops in the first 3 years of their life. Think this is a critical period of time to teach children? Certainly after the age of 3 we still have so much opportunity to teach children to choose the right path. I am becoming more and more convinced that education for children is so critical here in our own backyards and throughout the world. And unfortunately, as we all know, quality education is not happening in many sectors of our society and our world.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
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