Saturday, November 10, 2012

Psalm 119:130

"The teaching of your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand."


God's words are meant to be understood. The words themselves promote understanding, not only of themselves, but of the world, as light renders everything visible. One does not need theological training to understand God's words. An obedient heart is the prerequisite for understanding God's Word.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

John 19:26–28

"When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, 'Dear woman, here is your son.' And he said to this disciple, 'Here is your mother.' And from then on this disciple took her into his home. Jesus knew that his mission was now finished …"


See the tenderness of Jesus: One of his last actions on earth was to provide for his mother. Once he did that, he knew everything was now finished. For what pain do you need the tender touch of Jesus? Go to him for healing, knowing that he is as eager to meet your deepest need as he was to care for his earthly mother's needs

Monday, November 5, 2012

Psalm 119:95

"Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me,
I will quietly keep my mind on your laws."


In the midst of danger, the psalmist does not dwell on that reality or his fear but instead resolves to "quietly keep my mind on your laws." What a wonderful, practical example for us to follow! In the midst of whatever danger, anxieties, or fears you may experience, resolve to quietly keep your mind on God's Word rather than on your situation. Doing that will change your experience

Sunday, November 4, 2012

John 5:46–47

"If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But since you don't believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"


These verses indicate that believing one thing (the Hebrew scriptures, in this case) paves the way to greater belief … and probably vice versa. Since the Jewish leaders did not believe what Moses wrote, they were not able to understand who Jesus was. Does a little faith, then, open us up to more? This passage hints that it does, but some parables that Jesus taught, such as that of the mustard seed, make it plainer. If you want more faith, dwell on the faith that you have now, and it will grow.