Why are we to glorify God and thank Him? Why do even the wise need to think godly? Why should we guard our hearts? Rom 1:21-32
Lord let our lives be guided by our knowledge of You so that we will glorify You through right thinking and righteous action.
How does the valley of weeping become a place of joy? Why is there no despair in a dry and barren valley? Do we step towards this promise or allow our minds to wander till God makes a difference? Ps 84:4-7
Lord thank for the promise of joy and strength even in despair and sorrow; so we will dwell in Your presence and set our hearts to walk in Your ways.
Why was the Book of the Law hidden and it has to be “found”? How will you respond to the hearing of God’s word? How will you involve your heart, eyes, and ears? 2 Kgs 22:8-20, Acts 28:23-27
Lord let us meditate on Your word day and night with a responsive heart, listening ears, and open eyes; we will not neglect it so that our generation has to find it hidden under many things.
Whose presence have brought encouragement for you when you are weary? Have you thanked God for such people? Will your presence bring peace in others? Acts 28:11-16
Lord as we thank God for all who have encouraged us, we ask that we will be people who carry Your presence to the weary.
Will you be able to encourage and enable someone even after he/she has ignored your warning? What will be the different emotions at that juncture? How will you subdue ungodly emotions to bless those around you? Acts 27:9-38
Lord let us clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience to strengthen and to encourage those who have ignored Your word spoken through us.
What is your goal? What is that inspires you to move ahead? What gives you a broader vision of your life and your community? Acts 26:19-23
Lord there are a lot of people, ideas, and objects calling our attention to make them our ultimate vision but we chose You as our destination and the compass that guides us to the compelling destination.
Jan 1. 2016! I sat down in my usual spot, near my bed on the mat. As I turned my The 365 Day Bible to the page that says, January 1, I was overwhelmed with a sense of awe. I have been using this Bible for over 20 years. Thus I have turned to this page numerous times. So nothing new, a routine by now! Then why did I have the emotions I experienced? Why was I filled with a new expectation, a new apprehension and a new hope? Of course, the New Year has something to do with it. But that’s not it.
I realized that it has to do with my spirit tuning in to the Spirit of God to listen to what He will speak to me through His Word. As I have quieted my spirit, mind and body, I was ready to listen to Him. And He spoke. As I journaled my reflections from my reading for the day, my eyes welled up with tears. I knew my spirit was connecting with His Spirit. Something I want to experience all throughout my days.
I have shared my thoughts about spending Time Alone with God in my earlier blog, A Habit Worth Investing Your Time. There I shared a method for reflective reading of the Scripture. In another blog, A Gift and a Shift I have penned how I was drawn to the desire to read the entire Bible in one year through the gift of my great uncle.
I want to encourage all of us to enjoy the experience of spending the Time Alone with of God through reading of the Bible. Besides, I encourage all of us to read the whole Bible in one year. There are many Bible reading plans to guide us in this process. The one I follow is found in http://www.biblica.com/en-us/bible/reading-plans/ This guides us to read the entire Bible in a year. Recently I heard about M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan http://www.mcheyne.info/calendar.pdf. Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843) developed this plan to guide the reader through the New Testament and Psalms twice, and the rest of the Bible once, each year.
It is not about deciding which plan is the best, but adjusting our schedule and prioritizing our time to escape to a quiet place with the Bible and see what God wants to speak to us every day. As the years go by we will find ourselves in the same page but with renewed expectation to hear from our Master and Lord. May we enter into His presence to taste and see that His mercies are new everyday!
Happy New Year 2016!