Updated: Jun 24, 2022
Good morning. It is Thursday, June 9, 2022.
I am feeling better than yesterday. If you prayed for me, thank you! There is some swelling and pain, but not too bad. I am icing off and on in 20-minute intervals this morning and it has brought much relief.
I have spent close to two hours trying to find inspiration. Usually, I feel impressed to write about something; a memory will pop up; I will see something that inspires.... but this morning, nothing; for 2 hours!
Just moments ago, I felt impressed to look at the Bible app on my phone. And there it was
Each day features scripture, always different than the day before and today was 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,"
I have heard this verse repeated often. I have quoted it before; but look at verse 17, it gives the 'why'.
"that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
I have heard preachers discredit, or lessen the meaning of, a passage simply because they "weren't speaking to us." I have heard that same argument from people outside the church.
Moses, Elijah and Elisha all were speaking to the Israelites. Does their writing mean nothing to our lives?
Jeremiah was speaking to the nation of Judah. Can we take nothing from his book?
There were many prophets in the Bible. And yes, each was speaking to a specific group of people or nation. Perhaps there was a one-on-one conversation somewhere in there. But can we learn from those conversations?
There were Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel
There were Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,
Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
There were female prophets:
Miriam – Sister of Moses and Aaron
They were all talking to a specific group of people, however, we are told that "all Scripture is...profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"
One of my favorite "promises" from the bible is Jeremiah 29:11.
I realize the prophet Jeremiah was speaking of the plans God had for the people of Israel, however, I believe I can take those same words and apply them to my life as well.
I have faith that God knows the thoughts that He thinks about me and toward me. I believe the Lord has thoughts of peace and not of evil toward me. I believe He has a future planned for me; not just on this earth, but an eternal future. I believe God wants me to have hope. I believe he wants this for every single human being.
We are told God is love. 1 John 4:8.
We are told God does not change. Malachi 3:6.
Hebrews 13:8 tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." NKJV
If God is the same, if He never changes, if He is the epitome of love, we can take all of scripture and make it personal to our lives.
So, yes, the apostle Paul was speaking to "all the saints...who are in Philippi"...but when I read, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;" ( Philippians 4:6 NKJV) I can take that and apply it to my own life, apply it to my understanding of who God is and what He wants for my life. So can you. We can trust that!