Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Genesis 42:1-17
Morning Psalms: Psalms 61, 62
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8
Gospel: Mark 3:19b-35
Evening Psalms: Psalms 68

DEVOTIONAL


“There are times when I find the Bible to be a bit of a “difficult” read. I would venture a guess that I am not the only one of us who feels this way. Whether it is a particular translation, a hard to understand parable, or just trying to “get” the message from a certain piece of scripture, it is easy for me to get frustrated. Often I have just closed the book and walked away, taking the easy way out.

It is when these frustrations set in that I need to remember what the Bible has taught me: Pray for guidance; and don’t give up. Psalm 61 gives me that message in its first verse:

“O God listen to me cry! Hear my prayer!”

For me it doesn’t get much simpler than that. And the second verse goes on to say:

“From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed.“

While the Psalm itself is much longer, I found a simple, straightforward message in these two short verses.

The Bible for me is truly a complex book. But by breaking it down into smaller pieces, often not larger than a verse or two in a Psalm, the message becomes clearer. For me, it is clear that whenever “my heart is overwhelmed,” I must pray for guidance, not give up, and know that God is listening.
BER


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