One of the best decisions I have made in my grief journey is to read the Bible cover to cover. I finally made it through the Old Testament a few weeks ago, and I felt rather accomplished. The next page in my Bible was completely blank. The Word of God was silent. For us, only for a page. But for those who lived during that time, that one blank page represented over 400 years of silence from God. 400 years of prayers unanswered, promises unfulfilled, hope deferred.
And then I turn over a page into Matthew and just a chapter in, there they are in all their splendor...
Those red words in the Bible - the very words of God spoken on earth.
It is God speaking to ordinary man - not just to his chosen few. Jesus is speaking to all of us. Those words are for all of us. It is His promise fulfilled, our ultimate answer to prayer, our hope unfailing.
How very often I take for granted having his very words, his very instructions, his life lessons right at my finger tips.
I awoke this morning quite gripped by fear over some upcoming decisions that need to be made. So I opened my Bible to finish up reading the Gospels, and I came across some of my favorite words of Jesus in John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
And my fear began to fade away as I wrapped myself in the comfort of the Scriptures.
I must say that I am more in love with Jesus than ever before.
Dearly loved, and loving His Word,