“He does have surprising, secret purposes. I open a Bible, and His plans, startling, lie there barefaced.
It’s hard to believe it, when I read it, and I have to come back to it many times,
feel long across those words, make sure they are real. His love letter forever silences any doubts:
“His secret purpose framed from the very beginning [is] to bring us to our full glory”
(1 Corinthians 2:7 NEB). ~ Ann Voskamp
The grass withers and flowers fade, but the Word of God lasts forever. Isaiah 40:8
“It is fashionable in some academic circles to exercise scholarly criticism of the Bible.
In so doing, scholars place themselves above the Bible and seek to correct it.
If indeed the Bible is the Word of God, nothing could be more arrogant.
It is God who corrects us; we don’t correct Him.
We do not stand over God but under Him.” ~ R.C.Sproul
So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food,
and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.
May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us,
may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us.
Be always ours this day and for evermore. – St. Patrick
Praying God’s Word
Father, Your word is like a lamp that shows us the way. It is like a light that guides us. Lord, accept our praise and teach us Your ways. (Psalm 119:105&108) Use Your truth to make us holy. Your Word is truth. (John 17:17) May the roots of our faith grow down into the truth given in and through Jesus. May our lives be built on Him, so that we will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7) Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Father, carefully guard the precious truth within us. (1 Timothy 1:14) The truth of Your grace and mercy. The truth of Your love. The truth that fills us with hope. Amen.