First things first, if you didn’t pick up a reading plan this morning here’s a list of different options you can choose from. Rather than reinvent the wheel, and since Tim Challies has already done the hard work, simply click here to find what you’re looking for.
Second, you heard in part from some of our seniors as they reflected on the blessing of walking in obedience to God’s Word over the course of their lives. These are voices we ought to listen to. Here are the expanded comments from those who replied to me.
From Don and Shirley Fischer:
Young people need to know that the Lord is real. They can know Him – have a relationship with God. Each time you read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation your understanding of God and His plan for mankind becomes clearer. Another benefit is peace of mind – confidence in God.
From Doris Currie:
The Word of God has been my guide for seventy-five years, and during that time I have not been disappointed. The Word has kept me from many of the pitfalls of sin and its consequences. In difficult times I’ve been restored, given wisdom, peace, and discernment. It is of utmost importance to make time to listen and be alert to what God’s Word is saying to me. The Word provides me hope and a great future, as bright as the promises of God!
Here are two life examples from John Pomeroy:
In 1958 my mother who had been a widow for 12 years remarried. Unfortunately she and her husband were involved in a car accident on their honeymoon. My sister, my brother, and myself travelled the 400 miles to the town where she was in the hospital. On our arrival we were informed that she was having surgery. Later we were informed that her heart had stopped beating and that she had died on the operating table. On hearing this news I started reading verses that I had previously underlined in my Bible. One really stood out: Isaiah 26:3-4. “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord for ever for in Jehovah is everlasting strength.” As I meditated on this verse God brought peace to my heart.
Nancy and I met at Toronto Bible College in 1960. Before Nancy graduated in 1962 she had applied to and been accepted as a missionary nurse by AEF (now part of SIM). She left for Zambia in February 1963. I did not graduate until April 1964. I was sure of God’s call to serve in Southern Africa, but my original intention was to work with Youth for Christ, with whom I had contact before coming to Canada. What would happen to our relationship? One night I read the words of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:12: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” I shared this verse with Nancy. Later the Lord brought another word of encouragement from Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Your love endures forever.” This verse came 4 times to us in 1 week in different ways. God had a perfect plan for both of us and he would make it known to us in his time, and he did.
From Velma McCombe:
In 1974, Jim gave me a Bible and part of the inscription he wrote in it was Romans 14:8. “Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we died unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s”. The reality of the Lord’s presence has sustained us as we’ve struggled through deep waters and enjoyed mountaintops. We praise Him that His steadfast love never ceases and that His mercies are new every morning!
From Pamela Stedman:
As a Bible college student I only gave left over loose change in Sunday church offerings. Then I read Malachi 3:8-10: “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
My thoughts: But all I earn at my part time job I need to pay dorm fees. God’s still, small voice: what about $ spent each day on a Coke and a candy bar?
The next day: I clock into work and by pass the food machine and start working at my desk. My boss comes over with a bottle of coca-cola saying, “Someone brought me this and I don’t like Coke. Would you like it?”
Later that week: After work I go back to my dorm room and there’s a bag hanging on the door – with candies (I had not shared any of the above with anyone).
Over the decades that followed God had to teach me further lessons on giving sacrificially and cheerfully and I have experienced his abundant provision for my needs, even when I lost my job!
Finally, here’s the five minute video about the Kimyal people receiving the New Testament for the first time in their language. The pastor’s prayer is really quite remarkable.