…by Kevin McHugh
The message from Jamie on Sunday was the latest in a series of events that has really motivated me to get into the Bible on a daily basis. Remember the previous week when Greg asked us to check a box in an area for us to advance on our Journey? Well, I chose daily time in the Word. It’s just a habit I have never fully developed in my life. So then I get a reminder that it is my turn to write the weekly reflection and sure enough the topic is reading and applying the Word in our daily life. Thanks God, I love the way you work.
Jamie offered up some great insights and truths about the Bible. A couple that hit me are:
1. The translation is important; choose one that you can understand. I have an NIV study Bible that is best for me; the language is contemporary and if a passage is difficult to understand, there are often study notes available to help me work through it. On the other hand, there is a couple in our small group who love their King James Version and it works just fine for them. My wife, Robin, has a copy of The Message, which she uses to supplement her NIV – the idea here is to get a Bible that you can pick up and understand.
2. Understand that the Bible is in fact the word of God Himself: Jamie used 2 Timothy in his teaching; chapter 3, verses 14-17. Read it slowly and let it soak in:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
So out of appreciation for what God has done that ended up with me sitting here and writing this, I have accepted the next step offered by Jamie and will be diving into the Book of Proverbs during the month of July. This book is largely attributed to Solomon who became King after his father, King David. Solomon was gifted by God with wisdom and we have some great wisdom recorded in the book of Proverbs, all of it God-breathed.
Proverbs Chapter 1: The first chapter is an introduction, letting the reader know the content and also a warning to those who might ignore it.
v3 – for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair
v7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
v23 – If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.
v33 – but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm.
Thanks for reading and I hope others are joining me as I dive into this book.