OYB February 20

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 9:7-24, Leviticus 10
NT: Mark 4:26-41, Mark 5:1-20
Ps: Psalm 37:30-40
Pr: Proverbs 10:6-7

Today´s notable verse:

30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)

Wow, what a testament that would be - that everything I utter with my tongue would be wise and just! I am also reminded of Ephesians 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. The key to applying this principle in our lives is found in the second verse: "The law of his God is in his heart, and also James 1:19: ...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry... I think, in light of these verses, I will be more cognizant of what I think to say, and weigh it more carefully before I actually say it.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - What do you think of my farming analogies in the NT reflections above? Has our modern world forgotten about some of the ways of farming the land? Have we forgotten that we reap what we sow? Have we lost our patience, to the point where we will not even wait for the harvest to come in at its appointed time? Are we trying to control things in our modern day life that aren't controllable? Such as the "pace" at which a seed grows into a plant and a plant into a full harvest? In losing some of our knowledge of farming and growing, are we at risk of losing ourselves?

I have never been a farmer, but I grew up in a farming community, my house was surrounded by corn and soy fields, and I had family members who were farmers. Farming really applies many of God's principles in very practical ways: reaping what we sow, patience, the concept of seasons, storing up in times of plenty to be ready for lean times, "if a man will not work he should not eat", the harvest concept, etc.

Farmers are some of the best people I know; they epitomize "salt of the earth." The American farmer represents "rugged individualism", yet with an absolute dependence upon and acknowledgement of God's grace providence in everything.

We all too often have left behind the farming mindset, and in so doing we retain the "rugged individualism" yet lose its context. Self-reliance replaces dependence upon God's grace, and self-recognition and pride replace our acknowledgement of God's providence. Devoid of our understanding that life progresses in seasons and that everything has a time and place appointed, we lose our virtue of patience and the discipline of waiting on God - instead worshipping the gods of convenience and instant gratification.

In many ways I've gotten soft since leaving home for college. It used to be nothing to get up at 5:00 AM - actually, it was my favorite time of the day. Now, 6:15 is a struggle.