April 20 “Ho, Hum, I’ve heard that before”

Do you allow God’s Word and God’s wisdom to affect your heart intensely or is it too often “Ho, Hum, I’ve heard that before”?

I've heard that before

Today’s Readings:
Judges 5 & 6
Psalm 49.1
Proverbs 14.20-21
Luke 15.1-10

Judges 5 & 6:

Mighty man of valor

Probably one of the most familiar stories in Judges is the story of Gideon. Those who have been brought up in Sunday school have probably heard the story many times. But God doesn’t want us to come to His Word, going “ho-hum, heard that one before.” His Word is “quick” as the old KJV says. That means it’s “alive.” Think of the “quick” under your fingernails—very much “alive” as you know if you’ve ever gotten a splinter under there!

Remember our questions from yesterday and how we can use them to dialog with the Lord. What are You trying to tell me through this passage? Is there a promise here I can claim? Is there a command I should obey? Is there a principle I need to put to work in my life? Is there an example I should follow? Followed by a rereading of the passage.

Pray for wisdom and help

So what can we learn from this familiar story? One thing that jumped out at me is in verse 6.6, “So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.” These were tough economic times for the children of Israel and they responded by “crying out to the Lord.”

What does that look like in our lives?

prayer

Difficult times should drive us to prayer, as well, but passages like this should also remind us that ongoing consistent prayer for God’s wisdom can keep us from many of the consequences of our own foolishness.

Psalm 49.1-9:

Only the blood of Jesus

Verse 6, “Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.” Only the blood of Christ can redeem any of us from the bondage of sin and the curse of eternal separation from God!

Proverbs 14.20-21:

Mercy for the less fortunate

21a says, “… he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.” Or as Jesus put it, “It is more blessed to give than to receive!”

Luke 15.1-10:

Joy in heaven

Verse 7, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

What about you?

sharing the gosple

Have you ever shared the gospel with someone? Or shared your testimony? If not, why not? You don’t need a degree in theology, just a little preparation. And when you do, God will open the doors of opportunity and allow you to be part of that “joy in heaven”!

Did you try dialoging with the Lord? Asking: What are You trying to tell me through this passage? Is there a promise here I can claim? Is there a command I should obey? Is there a principle I need to put to work in my life? Is there an example I should follow?

Why not write those questions on a 3 x 5 card and use it as a bookmark in your Bible. As you read stop and think about them. You can do it in a journal or just in your heart as you meditate on what you have read.

Blessings,
Donna

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6 thoughts on “April 20 “Ho, Hum, I’ve heard that before”

  1. I loved the imagery of the ‘quick’ beneath our fingernails and was immediately reminded of the time I got a huge sliver under the nail that required a hospital visit to remove. As high as the pain was I was aghast at how much greater the pain was for Jesus as He hung on the cross. I want His word to quicken and pierce my heart and move me in the direction He wants for me. I want my ears to quicken to His voice and for my steps to quicken in obedience…

    • Wow! What a visual (& painful) reminder of just what it means to be “quick”! May we always remember the reality of the cross and what it cost our Lord!
      Blessings, Donna