Posted by: mikenicholsblog | August 11, 2009

every journey has a beginning

Today’s comments will begin a journey of writing about a deep passion that my wife, Genel and I share.  To know God through the pages of His Word.  Most people would ascribe to an intellectual value that the Bible is powerful and helpful. They have been taught about it’s relevance and power.  But it is the Word of God, and why would I ever want to seek peace, joy and direction for life without examining what God says.  For the next few weeks, we will challenge you from a often referred to, but little known chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119.  It is the longest chapter in God’s Word and almost every verse deals with the Word. Psalm 119 has 22 stanzas with eight verses each. We are not sure who the author is, but you can relate to his life.  You will see trouble and affliction and a man who holds on to the Word of God.  The reading assignments for the rest of August will include a one stanza a day from this insightful chapter.  Start the journey with us.

Psalm 119:71-72
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

In my study this morning I was struck by the verses listed above. It may be easy to say like the psalmist, that it was good to be afflicted. But do I really believe it? And does the affliction help me learn the Word (decrees)? Difficulties in life tend to put a spotlight on our true feelings, our selfishness, and on who we really trust for guidance. Obviously, affliction had great value in the life of my friend the psalmist, and I can echo that refrain in my own life.  It caused him to learn the Word, and therefore he felt it was good. I have experienced the blessings of going to the Word in tough times, but too often my heart reflects a different attitude.

Looking at the next verse reveals more about our real focus in life. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. It is simple to ascribe intellectual value to God’s Word. I am sure you would agree with me that you struggle with the psalmist’s depth in valuing it.  But the journey is not over, and the Father is full of grace, ready to share with those who will admit weakness.  And then push forward to know Him through the pages of His blessed Book.  You may be struggling on the journey of really knowing the Father through His Word. Begin today with a new commitment to seek Him.

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We plan to post a few times each week. It is our desire that you check back often. Use the resources that the blog posts such as scripture readings, memory, and meditation verses .  We believe that God’s Word is the sole and definitive source of truth.


Responses

  1. Hey Guys the site looks great ! Good Job ! I’m sure the Lord is going to bless this. T.Robb

  2. See, I told you I would read it. Thank you for writing it. Look forward to it each day.


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