Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ancient Word Brings Modern Blessing

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"A Bible that's falling apart 
usually belongs to someone 
who isn't" (unknown)

Have you ever gone through a difficult time and God seemed to have a verse of scripture ... just for you? I'm sure we all have had experiences like that from time to time.

As amazing as that seems, sometimes the greater amazing thing is that often we are even amazed by the whole turn of events in the first place. We ask for God's hand in a certain situation, and when He answers, we sometimes stand amazed that He would answer, or that He would answer in the fashion that He did. Ever noticed that? Peculiar, isn't it? What a fickle people we can sometimes be. What an unbelieving people we can sometimes be.

The other night it happened again. I was at home sitting at the table when I drifted into prayer concerning a certain situation in our lives that was particularly troubling for me. With my eyes closed (not always are they closed in prayer), I reached for a Bible that I instinctively knew was sitting there at my left hand. As I prayed, I opened the Bible, not knowing where I was opening it to; it all just sort of happened. When I eventually did open my eyes, my eyes immediately fell to the top left hand of the page to this verse:
"Peace I leave with you: My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]" (John 14:27; Amplified)
I confess that I was getting a little fearful and unsettled concerning this particular situation, and during prayer, it was as if God turned the pages of the Bible to exactly the verse that He wanted me to see. I couldn't have picked a better verse if I had tried. This one perfectly calmed my spirit and blessed me. Though countless generations have passed since originally penned, though language and culture differences abound, my experience was proof once again (at least for me it was proof) of the relevance of the ancient scriptures to modern man. Sometimes it truly does seem almost as if God put certain verses in the Bible just for me. What an awesome feeling! What an amazing God we serve.

Anyway, that's the way I see it. Peace.

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