I’m hoping that you continued your journey through the Bible this week! If you have missed a few days along the way, that’s OK. We are glad you’re staying with us – and hope that you’ll feel free to simply move forward without feeling burdened by the need to return to what you have missed.
I was struck by several verses that we read in Psalm 11 this week.
The psalmist writes: “In the Lord I take refuge.” And then, several verses later, he writes: “The Lord is in his holy temple.” The Lord who guides and protects us can be found. The Lord is as close to us as our own breath and is always near. But, sometimes, God can seem both distant and far away. And why is that? Has God moved away from us – or have we moved? Has God withdrawn his presence from our lives – or have our eyes become blurred by distractions and interference?
Stop for a moment and ask yourself: Where am I seeing God at work in my life right now?
We probably all have times when God seems to be particularly close – and we probably all have times when God seems to be quite distant. And so, let me ask you a question…. What makes you feel close to God and what makes God seem distant? Are you looking for God where God has promised to be – or are you trying to find God, by yourself, in other places? The Bible tells us that “the Lord is in his holy temple” (Psalm 11:4). The Lord has promised to be “where two or three are gathered in my name” (Matthew 18:20). The Lord has promised to be with us as we gather around gifts of broken Bread and shared Wine in Holy Communion (Matthew 26:28). The Lord has promised to be present when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give water to the thirsty, welcome strangers, and visit the sick (Matthew 25:36-40).
And now, here are the readings for next week:
Sunday: Romans 9-10 – Monday: Genesis 16-19 – Tuesday: Joshua 21-24 – Wednesday: Psalm 12-14 – Thursday: Job 9-10 – Friday: Isaiah 23-28 – Saturday: Matthew 11-13
Please remember that this journey through the Bible is meant to encourage you to explore God’s Word and to help you move through the Bible. It’s not meant to place a burden upon you! I’m hoping that if you miss a reading (or a few of the readings) along the way that you’ll feel free to simply jump back into the schedule of readings that I’m providing – knowing that, when you do, you’ll be re-connecting with faithful people who are committed to traveling through God’s Word with you.