Day 295: October 22, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Acts 17:10-15
10 As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea. On arrival, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Consequently, many of them believed, including a number of the prominent Greek women as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica found out that God’s message had been proclaimed by Paul at Berea, they came there too, agitating and disturbing the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul away to go to the sea, but Silas and Timothy stayed on there. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving instructions for Silas and Timothy to come to him as quickly as possible, they departed.

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Examining the Scripture Daily with Eagerness
by Peggy Overbey, Member of Brentwood Campus

My husband and I moved to the Burns, TN, area in 2005. God provided a lovely Western Cedar siding house in a wooded area and lots of new neighbors. I loved to garden and it was exciting to think about what could be done around the house and in the wooded areas.

Soon after we moved in my doorbell rang, and a young boy about seven introduced himself and asked if I had any yard work he could do. "Of course," I replied. I had a load of rocks in the wagon behind the lawn mower and my husband drove it to a deep ravine and I began to throw the rocks out. My new friend looked at me and said, "Miss Peggy, all we have to do is pull this lever and the rocks will all fall out."

One summer a few years later, a backdoor neighbor hired him to do some yard work for her. He was about thirteen then and the job was a labor intensive one. One day he just didn't go to work. The next day he went to the homeowner and said, "I am sorry I didn't come yesterday, but I was tired and it was hot and I just did not want to do yard work." My neighbor was astonished that such a young boy would make excuses for not coming to work.

Should we read and study the Bible every day? “Yes" is the appropriate answer, but not all of us do that, and I don't believe we can fool God by pretending we do.

Discipline is a strong thing to have in one's life, but some of us are "dawn on me" people. As soon as I sit down to read (with all my commentaries around me), it dawns on me that I forgot to do something I think is important. So before I forget it again, I think, I’d better get up and do it.

When we belong to Christ, He belongs to us, and even on our "off days" He never leaves us. I love being outside and working with plants. There is an old gospel song entitled "In The Garden” that some think is not a good song theologically. However, when my hands are in the dirt He made, planting the flowers He will cause to bloom, I can sing, "And He walks with me and He talks to me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

Am I saying, “Don't examine Scripture every day"? Absolutely not! I’m saying, "Don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or two.” The "how to" resources are available in our church library and probably on your shelves. Mostly they are in God's Word. Learn all you can about the God who loves us, wants to know us, and forgives all our sins.

"Call a friend" is another way of learning to apply Scripture. For several years a friend and I talked almost every morning about God's Word and the wonder of what He was teaching us.

We have small LIFE Groups, large LIFE Groups, Bible studies, and much more. However, these cannot take the place of your daily personal responsibility to God, which is your communion with Him in the Word, out of the Word, day by day, and moment by moment.

Praxis

  1. How often do you compare your method of Bible study and prayer to others, and why do you do that?
  2. How do I greet the Lord in the mornings? Is it, "Good morning, Lord" or “Good lord, it’s morning”?
  3. Choose one day this week to sit and talk with a friend or family member about a portion of Scripture and what it means to them.
  4. Memorize a new Scripture verse this week that refers to God's Word. For example, Psalm 119:015, "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

About JourneyOn Today

Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.