In my Bible reading for today (using this plan though I actually read yesterday’s passages today…only three days into the month and already I’m behind…), I read Joshua 3-5 where the Lord God dried up the waters of the Jordan for the Israelites to pass over on dry land. He asked them to set up twelve stones of remembrance “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” What an amazing deliverance! What miraculous power! Just as the Lord delivered the Israelites and “rolled away the reproach of Egypt” so too has He delivered me from the destruction and depravity of my sin and the reproach of my enemy. The Lord is mighty to save!
From Joshua, I turned to Psalm 73 and to some verses I have both claimed and clung to at various points in my journey:
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
He guides me with the counsel of His Word and there is nothing on earth that compares to Him! How I pray that He would be my one desire, the strength of my heart and my portion forever. The psalm closes with the reminder that it is good to be near God! Yes and amen! He is my refuge!
From Psalms to Mark 1:9-20 where Mark relates the baptism and temptation of Jesus with greater economy of words than his colleagues Matthew and Luke. I also read of Jesus calling His first disciples and was struck once again by the fact that “immediately they left…and followed him.” They left families, jobs, all that was familiar and, yes, comfortable. Left it. Immediately. To follow the Christ. I think of my own hesitancy and love of the familiar and the comfortable. May He be my one desire, my portion and my strength–so much so that I leave all to follow. Now. Today.
My reading for today closed with 1 Cor. 1:18-31 and Paul’s declaration that God chooses not the powerful but “what is weak in the world…what is low and despised, even things that are not…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” This is His grace! A comfort to someone like me, someone weak, low and not. I can only boast in the Lord as I cling to the “word of the cross…to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Yes and amen.
It is my meditation all the day.