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Understand

Let’s pray today:

God, we come before you humbly in awe of your works and thankful that you inspired humans to record them so that we may learn about your greatness, your vastness, your amazing love.  Remind us to open your record often, clear our schedules, lead us to put you first, and open our hears and minds to understand the gift of the scriptures.  Let your words sink deep into our hears so that we would believe and recognize their importance in our own lives.  Bless all those who find comfort and discernment on its pages.

with praise to you Christ,

Amen

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Wrangling

Sometimes we get so bogged down by grammar, semantics, meanings, and translations that we forget the big picture. Sometimes we get so focused on one little difference in how we read, or what we find important, that we forget the greater purpose. Sometimes we forget the line between faith and politics, teachings and laws, inclusion and exclusion.

Right here in 2 Timothy Paul reminds us to get back into the whole Bible.  To remember the whole gospel, the whole history, the whole teachings.  He warns against quarreling.  He encourages reflection on what we are really supposed to see in the Bible, in the gospel.  He encourages staying in the light of goodness.  Don’t you think God inspired Paul to write this and those who chose the books of the Bible for a reason?

 

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Great Works

This verse refers to ALL the works of God…but I am going to focus on the ones recorded in the Bible.

Studying the Bible is so different from just reading it.  I have never read the Bible all the way through.  But I spend every morning reading and digging deeper into selected texts.  I read commentaries and histories and other studies to help me understand the poetry, context, deeper meanings.  There are so many layers to the words and stories of the Bible!  We can take them at face value, but we can get so much more out of those simple words in a not so simple book when we take the time to understand them, apply them to our own thoughts and emotions, and enjoy them in a bigger context.  We can find that they will point to things in our daily life, or we might find that we will have to wait for heaven to enjoy the full meaning and promise of those phrases.

Nothing is ever simple with God.  That is for sure.  I mean, look at the complex world He created!  Why would His inspired texts be any different?  He knew, and planned, to make His works something that would take careful consideration so that we would melt it into our hearts, brains, and the very fibers of our beings.  And He knew that when we take the time to dig deep into them we would truly delight in His works.

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