When I think of Proverbs, I always think of Chapter 3,
verses 5 and 6. I have clung to this truth many times in my life. “Trust
in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek
his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Brilliant. It’s a verse I should plaster all over the house, including my
morning affirmations. My other life verse, Philippians 4:13, “I can do
all things through Christ who strengthens me” is equally powerful to
Do you have your own favorite Bible passages that have given
you support, hope, encouragement, solace over the years?
John points out several truths that we should know as he concludes this book. The first is a promise to behold and identifies why he wrote this book he in the first place. He says, “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” As believers of Jesus as the Son of God, we have eternal life. It’s a promise of a life devoted to Jesus that never ends.
What is your response to that truth? How does it make you feel? Take some time to just let that one promise resonate with your soul. Eternal life with Jesus. For me, that’s a feeling of peace and security.
Jesus smelled a trap. “By what authority?” the religious leaders asked. By God’s authority or Satan’s or maybe just of men. Jesus knew this was not a simple question. Obviously we know the truth. Jesus’ authority is from God.
Yet, Jesus wanted to take back the control. He was willing to provide an answer but needed to hear their response first. They evaded a response, so Jesus didn’t give them what they wanted.
We are getting ready for another big purge in our household. We did one when we moved to Mexico, and now it’s time to do one again. When you aren’t using something, or when something becomes useless and doesn’t work, get rid of it. Today’s reading confirmed that for me, and it may be exactly the push I need to get started. One cool thing here in Mexico is that people re-purpose things, find new ways to use, fix the broken. Our purging will be another’s blessing and not just adding to the trash pile.
out a little of his frustration with the poor fig tree. It didn’t have the
fruit he was looking for, so he cursed it. The tree withered and died. My first
impression was, “Boy that was harsh!” What if it wasn’t blooming season? But
then Jesus would know that. He had no patience for this tree without fruit when
his hunger was telling him to eat.
I heard something the other day. It takes us a year or two to learn to talk and another sixty years to learn how to shut up! That might be a little harsh. We have also heard that children should be seen and not heard. Rubbish in my opinion. We would miss out on so many delightful things that only children without filters can come up with. If only I had written down some of the adorable things my children have said.
Jesus was also a fan of children. One of my favorite images of Jesus is when he is sitting with a crowd of children all around him. They are hanging on to every word he says. We need to be more like that. Even Jesus thinks so.