DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-09-11
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
OBSERVATION: In life we tend to live by certain principles, either from what we were taught as a child; what impressed us in school; was taught by teachers; or what is demanded of us at work. Many leaders will teach based on the rules handed to them, mixed with their own personal principles of life. For those who have been fortunate enough to have parents, teachers, or work coaches who had faith in God, then we were probably taught many Biblical truths along the way. Our lives today portray whatever principles we were taught and that we continue to hold on to. God’s Word is still that one truth that we could trust today, to guide us along the right path of life. Stay with me as we study this principle.
APPLICATION: In my career, there were always guide books that not only showed me how to best handle certain dilemmas, but if I did so, I would stay out of trouble with regulators, examiners and auditors. At one point in my career, I was an examiner/auditor, and as such I was on a team that would enter a bank and compare what was being done, to what was instructed in the bank’s rules and procedures. And, or course, we had to make sure that the bank’s demands were in line with government regulations. If we found something that seemed out of line, we would have to write an exception and list the very rule that was not followed. Often when we found a bank branch that had very few exceptions, it was also a branch that was well run, pleased its customers, and escaped errors – because they were following the rules. Although we rarely take time to look at, and analyze, our own lives closely, I believe that each of us could see times when we simply followed what our parents taught us without fighting with them in rebellion. It felt good when we didn’t have to keep looking over our shoulder for retribution from them. It felt good that there was little to no stress when we just simply followed the rules! In our Scripture today, Paul continues to mentor his son in the ministry, Timothy, and God included this in His Book so that each of us that followed after Timothy, would be taught how simple life could be if we just follow His instructions. I don’t believe that God had Paul teach us that if we open His Book and search for answers to throw at people that seek our guidance, they will behave and do better. But what I do believe that God intended here, is that we must saturate our lives with His Word, for it contains the very basis of how we should live our lives; the things that we should avoid; and the right way of handling certain life-issues, knowing that if we follow the instructions given to us be God, then the results will be favorable and pleasing to God. In order to saturate ourselves with the Word of God, it means that we must be consistently reading it, studying its principles, and listening closely to what God is telling us. You see, I believe that when we open the Word after asking the Holy Spirit to indwell us and lead us through the Word, then we will find that it is in season and right on time. Meaning that God will show us how He wants us to respond to life’s challenges that day. I have found that often I will hear a sermon or teaching that aligns perfectly with what I meditated on that morning. Coincidence? No way, for we are providentially blessed by the Almighty God, and He will reemphasize what He wants, in order to impress strongly upon our hearts, what He want us to do, say, or follow. I’m sure that like me, you have experienced times where you’ve been asked to pray about certain life issues going on in a coworker’s life – just out of the clear blue sky. Then you remember your Scripture reading that morning where God saturated your life with reassurance of His love, protection and direction. Suddenly you open your mouth in obedience to pray, and the words just pour forth. Friends, let me encourage you today, to saturate your lives each and every day with the Word of God. Don’t just run to it in the middle of a crisis. What’s inside your heart, will be helpful to you as you stop to say a prayer for a friend. Scrambling to find a good Bible reference will tell them that you are one who goes to the Book on an as needed basis and therefore your help might very well be superficial. Make it real dear ones, be filled with the Word every day, so that God might bring to memory the reassurance you need in times of trouble; the right words to respond, that are filled with His wisdom for the time needed; and you could do this from a heart filled with the love of the One you make it a priority each and every day. We are assured in verse 17 that filling our heart with the Word of God, prepares us and equips us for the work that God has planned for us. Are you ready? Do you have a good reading plan to follow each day? Drop me a note and I will be happy to help you!
PRAYER: Lord, it is obvious that You didn’t save us to sit and sour. You told us in Your word that You want us to let our lights shine brightly so that the world might see where that ‘light’ originates. Please God, touch each reader today. May we all be made keenly aware of the importance of a right relationship with You, and that regular maintenance is needed daily through Your Word that is very much alive, and it will teach us Your ways for the circumstances we will face that day. Your Word is a light unto my feet, and a light unto my path, When I feel afraid, Think I’ve lost my way… Oh that we would keep our eyes on Jesus, and our mind in the Book! AMEN!
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