- READ: 2 Timothy 3:13-17 All Scripture . . . is profitable. —2 Timothy 3:16 Author C. S. Lewis says that reli- gious concepts are like soups—some are thickMessage 1 of 90 , Nov 5, 2011View SourceREAD: 2 Timothy 3:13-17
All Scripture . . . is profitable. —2 Timothy 3:16
Author C. S. Lewis says that reli- gious concepts are like soups—some are
thick and some are clear. There are indeed “thick” concepts in the
Bible: mysteries, subtleties, and complexities that challenge the most
accomplished mind. For example, “[God] has mercy on whom He wills, and
whom He wills He hardens” (Rom. 9:18). And yet, in the same volume there are thoughts that are crystal “clear”: simple, attainable, and easily
grasped. What could ever surpass the simplicity of the clear affirmation in 1 John 4:16, “God is love”?
John Cameron, a 15th-century writer, suggests, “In the same meadow, the ox
may lick up grass, .
. . the bird may pick up seeds, . . . and a man finds a pearl; so in one and the same Scripture are varieties to be found for all sorts of
conditions. In them, the lamb may wade, and the elephant swim, children
may be fed with milk, and meat may be had for stronger men.”
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in God’s Book, the
Bible—ocean depths that can stir the most sophisticated mind, and
shallow areas that can be negotiated by any simple, honest soul.
Why hesitate? “All Scripture . . . is profitable” (2 Tim. 3:16). Jump in! —David Roper
Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine,
And jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths
For every searcher there. —Hodder
God speaks through His Word—take time to listen.
- READ: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26 Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26 Do you know which psalm is quoted most often inMessage 90 of 90 , Nov 1, 2012View SourceREAD: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Do you know which psalm is quoted most often in the New Testament? You may have guessed the familiar and beloved 23rd Psalm, but actually it is
Psalm 22. This psalm begins with David’s poignant, heart-breaking words
that were quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34).
Imagine the situation David must have found himself in that caused him to cry
out to God in this way. Notice that he felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). He also felt ignored: “O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear” (v.2).
Ever been there? Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why
it seemed that God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you? Welcome to
David’s world. But for every plaintive cry David expresses, there is a
characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from despondency.
Through it all, David discovers that God is holy (v.3), trustworthy
(vv.4-5), a deliverer and rescuer (vv.8,20-21), and his strength (v.19).
Do you feel forsaken? Seek the Lord. Rehearse His character. And “let your heart rejoice with everlasting joy” (v.26 nlt). —Dave Branon
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about
my life. When those times come, please remind me
of Your character as You did David. Help me to
lean on You again and know that You are there.
Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.