Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Thought of the Day !!

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
                                        Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

During my personal devotional time this morning I was reminded of a simple, yet profound truth.  God's Word is a living thing.

I read from Hebrews a passage that quoted one of the Psalms.  In Hebrews the word was "angels", but when I looked up the Psalm it replaced angels with "God".  Upon further inspection, I found a footnote at the bottom of the page that read, "or...angels."  

It occurred to me that even in the first few centuries there were minor differences in the manuscripts that they had available to them.  That's why in the footnotes of most bibles there will be written something like "In some manuscripts...." or "In the Greek version...."  

The fact is this.  If there are human errors or one translation seems to say something a little different than another, it's quite alright.  This is because the Holy Bible is not a typical book.  We don't read it for historical knowledge (though we can learn history from it).  We don't read it to learn rules or laws or even lifestyles (though these things are found in it).  We read the Holy Bible to seek God.  It doesn't matter if you have the whole bible memorized.  If you have not heard God speak to you then you've missed the purpose of it.  

This best-selling book is only a book in form.  In reality, though, it's much more than that.  It's our portal to our Father and Creator in Heaven.  It's what's used to understand and speak to Jesus.  And all of this is done through God's Holy Spirit speaking to us through this "Book".

Open your bible today.  Pray for guidance and to be spoken to through your reading.  Read it in a fresh new way, not like you would read any other book.  If you get a page or a chapter or even a couple verses read before you feel like thinking about what you read, that's ok.  

Begin one of the Gospels and meet Jesus again.  And then the hard part comes.  Be patient.  If you don't have some "divine" experience right away, just remember that God works on His own time, not yours.  If you make this a habit of yours, you will be speaking to God and hearing Him in ways you never imagined.  

In the love of Christ,



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