I can’t believe it! I have read half of the Bible. This has been a difficult few weeks and there is increasingly the feeling that I should just pack it in.
Who is reading this blog? The stats are telling me one thing, but I still have comments from people so I know that a few people are reading it!
So where are we now? I’ve found a few seeds of wisdom, especially through the Proverbs, which has always been a favourite book of mine. I have also enjoyed the brutal honesty of the Psalms.
The New Testament continues to give words of wisdom and interpretation into the lives of those early Christians. But the Old Testament has been very tough going at times. It is written in such an unfamiliar style that it is hard work to read and understand. I admit… sometimes it’s just a matter of reading it and hoping some sort of revelation will surface.
But meanwhile, the verse I chose for this monumental day is this one…
“Let them all praise the name of the LORD. For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!” (Psalms 148:13 NLT)
“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3 NLT)
Like some sort of spiritual first aider.
Sometimes the wounds that hurt the most are the ones people cannot see.
“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” (Proverbs 18:2 NLT)
Oh, and don’t we know it! There are some amazing Proverbs in this chapter. I’m loving reading these.
Tonight’s Psalm was great too, but I can only choose one verse per day and this was just too good.
“Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense.” (Proverbs 18:1 NLT)
“May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.” (Psalms 144:12 NLT)
Today is all about children. So it seemed appropriate to use this verse.
We all want the best for our children, don’t we? No, it runs much deeper than that. We all want the best for ALL children. That their lives and experiences will be richer and more fulfilling than ours were.
That is what I pray for. Daily.
“Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit
lead me forward on a firm footing.”
(Psalms 143:10 NLT)
“After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.”” (Acts of the Apostles 15:36 NLT)
A bit of an odd choice of verse. In fact, I don’t really know why this one jumped out at me. I went back to the Psalm, but nothing was being highlighted there. I even reread the Proverbs. But my. Ind kept coming back to this verse.
They didn’t just start a church and leave it to it’s own devices, they went back to see how they were doing. How normal, how understandable!
Maybe that’s it. Sometimes the simple things are the most powerful.