When you walk the same uncharted course through the woods every day, eventually that simple repetition of steps creates a well worn path. And what once was a challenge becomes a delight. You’re able to look up from the bramble that you’d previously dodged or cut through to enjoy the view and look ahead a little. You don’t have to watch quite so closely where you place your feet on this now familiar ground.
I have a couple of important announcements at the bottom of the post. Be sure to read through.
I hope that is how this spiritual discipline of meditating on and memorizing scripture is beginning to feel to you: like a well worn trail on a sunny spring day. I hope the ground is beginning to level out a bit so the journey feels less like work and more like an enjoyable exercise that feeds your soul and lifts your spirits.
But even if you’re still whacking at the weeds of busyness or trying to get your footing on this pathway, be assured that you are getting somewhere. I guarantee you, by the authority of God’s Word (see below), that you will look behind you on December 31, 2023, and see that you have indeed gained ground and the view is much improved.
No, that’s not my scripture for the next two weeks. It’s a freebie! But Isaiah 55:10-11 is one of my favorite promises in God’s Word.
But as we move into our 8th scripture passage to add to our albums, I’m choosing a scripture of conviction. I came across this passage in my daily Bible reading recently and it tugged at my heart all day.
The part of the verse that most intrigues me is “be on your guard against every form of greed.” Any time I see a warning like this I ask the Lord to search my heart and expose any errors in my ways of thinking or doing. You know, we can get so comfortable with the way we are that we don’t even notice how wrong we are! I don’t want to be that woman.
So I’ll be asking the Lord that question every time I read or recite Luke 12:15. “Lord, is there a form of greed that has taken root in my life?” Then I’ll undoubtedly do a little wrestling with whatever He may point out. But ultimately I hope to rid myself of any greediness that is preventing me from being truly useful to Him or from glorifying Him with my life.
I look forward to reading your selection for the next two weeks, as well. Please know that I read every comment. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
PS – I wanted to share with you that my husband James has begun a podcast called Discover the Bible. James is an excellent verse-by-verse expositor of the Bible, and he is currently preaching through the book of Judges. You can check it out HERE or wherever you listen to podcasts. His Easter message was especially excellent, but I’m also enjoying our walk through Judges.
Two more big announcements: April has 5 Sundays, so the next Scripture Meditation post will be May 7th. Also, I’d like to host a Virtual Scripture Meditation & Memory Challenge Fellowship on Sunday evening, May 21, at 5 p.m. EDT. We’ll try to record it and make it available on YouTube (privately) for those of you who may miss it. I know we can’t possibly come up with a time that works for everyone, but I think this is our best bet.