I keep a daily journal. In it I write down my happiest moments and my deepest griefs. There is something cathartic about writing down the pains and sorrows.
It is like someone else shares my burden. And when I record the births and triumphs, someone shares my joy.
Job’s wish was that his words would be recorded.
Job 19:23, 24, “I wish that my words could be written down or chiseled into rock.”
His words were recorded many years later and we are not sure who recorded them. His words bring comfort to us when we are sick, despairing of life, suffering a financial down turn, or at the very worst, lose a child. We can identify with the pain and emotions in Job’s words.
I celebrated my first eleven birthdays at Bible Schools. To say I was in church a lot, was putting it mildly! But growing up in that atmosphere was like having an IV pumping the Bible into my spirit.
We had been back in Iowa for a year when I realized I needed a constant dose of the life-giving Word of God. I made a commitment, at the ripe old age of 13, to start my day reading the Bible. I was unable to attend Bible School and I have no degrees or titles to my name. I just read it. That’s why today’s verse is dear to me.
Philippians 3:3, “For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in Spirit and by the spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances.”
I am not a pastor.
I am not privileged.
I have no physical advantages.
There is no external appearance that qualifies me to write like this.
My confidence is in this fact: if I read the Bible, God will speak to me. All I am doing is sharing it with you. All you have to do is read, and I would love it if you shared what spoke to you with us.
Judges 10:11, 12, “The Lord replied, ‘When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands?’ ”
Two things impressed me in these verses: 1) If I cry out to God, he will save me, 2) He has saved me many times before.
We should all keep a journal of answered prayer, miracles God gives us and mountains he has helped us climb.
One battle that comes to my mind was when we purchased our house. It was a former staff house of my church. They were building a new church and needed to sell it. It was on the market and empty for three years.
We were pregnant and the house we rented was old an difficult to heat. We needed a warm home for our expected baby.
It took ten months of prayer by the whole church before we were able to close on the sale. We have lived her for 24 years!
What verse impressed you today? Please share it in the comments!