As I mentioned in our last post, one of my favorite times of the day is before breakfast when I dig into Scripture. It is often an experience of savoring truth as I digest what God has said in His Word. Our desire at SB2W is that you also experience the delight of knowing God and reading His Word on a regular basis. To that end we invite you this week to follow us in the daily readings provided in the last post. Each day this week we’ll post some morsels from the reading that we found delicious.
Monday, January 21st Readings: Genesis 42:18-43:34, Matthew 13:47-14:12, Psalm 18:16-36, Proverbs 4:7-10
1. Matthew 13:49-50 – “So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In what place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
- You might ask: How is this passage a sweet morsel?
- Well, it is more bitter than sweet I suppose. It catches my attention. It reminds me that life is serious. Life is not just fun and games. We’re not meant to just eat, drink, and be merry. We need to be conscious of the deep realities of life, one of them being the certainty of judgment. This is a sobering passage that reminds us to take each day seriously. It challenges me to seek joy in God and not fleeting earthly pleasures. I’m further challenged to consider the plight of those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord.
- I used this as a prayer this morning. “Lord God, your way is perfect. Why would I seek to take my life in any other direction than your ways? Forgive me for straying and lead me in the way of eternal life. Give me the ability to understand truth from your Word that I might possess wisdom, that I might know how to walk wisely throughout this day and all the situations I encounter. My life is in your hands. You are my shield, the protector of my life. Guard me today as I take refuge in you. I pray especially for protection from temptation, from the lies that would lead me to sin against you. Thank you Lord. Amen” The above verse reminds me of John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
- This isn’t the whole verse, but just one command within the verse. It’s interesting that in our reading from Matthew today people asked of Jesus, “Where did this man get this wisdom?”. It wasn’t from age, for like most of you, Jesus was young. It wasn’t from learning from lots of life errors, for Jesus was without sin. So where did Jesus get this wisdom that people recognized as special? He got it from above, from being in right relationship with His Father in Heaven and from knowing God’s Word. How about you? Have you gotten wisdom? Reading your Bible regularly is a good place to start. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”