These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. I Peter 2:2-3
The book of John was the subject of our bible study the second year. The deep emotional strengthen in John, the Lord’s “most beloved disciple”, ministered to me. I was working full time, we had put Jonathan on Ritalin for Attention Deficit Disorder, Bobby was right on the border of being hyper-active, we were trying to maintain a summer home, and the family business was turbulent; life was difficult and hectic.
I attended bible study at night with an hour and a half commute. Every week I was tempted to skip because I was so exhausted but the Lord’s loving hand revived my soul in such a way that I could not. Every week I struggled to do my homework, but found that time so uplifting and restorative. The words and thoughts continued to leap off the pages of the bible and speak to daily problems. My prayers were answered and I was encouraged in deeper prayer. I began to see the power of these disciplines. Finally, I was convicted to never miss bible study or fail to pray. These were the saving graces of my life.
The next year (1989-90) we studied Israel and the Minor Prophets. I had been warned that this required more time on homework, but seeing the connection of the Old and New Testaments was well worth the effort. Studying about the nation of Israel and His chosen people opened a new dimension of love for the Lord and foundation to continue in His word. Seeing the bible as a whole and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy in the New Testament was revelatory.
Prayer: How can I express my gratitude for opening my eyes to your Word!
Thought: Don’t drop spiritual disciplines; they are necessary for true happiness and peace