“The Fullness of Scripture … Wade In!” November 28

 

The Fullness of Scripture ... Wade In! - The river flowing out of the Millennial Temple represents the fullness of Scripture. Some things are “ankle deep”—easy to understand. Others are knee deep and require more study. Others are deeper still and we may not be able to understand them fully. Even so, God wants us to "wade in" so we can grow in our understanding of Him and His Word. Also read about "The 4 Attitudes to have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution" and "The Futility of Arguing with a Fool."The river flowing out of the Millennial Temple represents the fullness of Scripture. Some things are “ankle deep”—easy to understand. Others are knee deep and require more study. Others are deeper still and we may not be able to understand them fully. Even so, God wants us to “wade in” so we can grow in our understanding of Him and His Word.

Also read about “The 4 Attitudes to have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution” and “The Futility of Arguing with a Fool.”

 

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 47 & 48
Psalm 135.8-14
Proverbs 29.9
1 Peter 4.1-19

 

The Fullness of Scripture … Wade In!

 

Ezekiel 47 & 48:

Christ, the Gospel & Living Water

 

These two chapters close out the book of Ezekiel. Chapter 47 describes a river flowing out of the temple. Symbolically the Temple is Christ and the river is the Gospel. The Living Water flows from Him and blesses everything it touches.

In the deepness of the water we see the fullness of Scripture. While in some places it’s ankle deep, in other places knee deep, and in other places even deeper, God wants us to wade in.

As Paul told Timothy:

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth (2 Tim. 2.15).

The fact that we won’t understand everything about God in this life (2 Pet. 3.14-16), is all the more reason to worship Him. A god we could understand fully wouldn’t be God at all!

Why not “wade in” to Scripture in the coming year by signing up for the “BIBLE IN A YEAR” devotionals?

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 135.8-14:

No Power of Hell or Earth …

 

In this psalm of praise to God for creation and redemption it says:

He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. He sent signs and wonders, defeated many nations, slew mighty kings and all the kingdoms of Canaan, and gave their land as a heritage to Israel His people. Verses 13-14: 

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge His people,
And He will have compassion on His servants.

God is God. Matthew Henry (Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible) says, “No power of hell or earth can prevent the accomplishment of the promise of God when the time, the set time, for it has come.”

The same God whose exploits are recounted here, is the God we serve. He is not some kind of spiritual “errand boy” to whom we pray for what we want. It’s His will and His purposes which will stand. Instead of asking God to bless what we want, we need to see what God is doing and join Him. Jesus said, “… not my will but Yours, O Lord.”

 

Proverbs 29.9:

The Futility of Arguing with Fools

 

young asian couple having an argument. arguing

“If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.”

If a wise man has a discussion with a wise man, both can listen and reason together, but if you try to reason with a fool, it will profit you nothing!

Proverbs 26.3 says:

“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.”

The only thing a fool understands is consequences!

 

1 Peter 4.1-19:

4 Attitudes to Have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution

 

persecution

This is a great chapter to study and meditate on if you’re going through a trial, including persecution of any kind. John MacArthur (MacArthur Daily Bible) lays out the four attitudes we are to have in the midst of difficulties:

  1. Expect it. Jesus said, “In this life you will have tribulation …” (Jn. 16.33)—not you might, but you will!
  2. Rejoice in it. “But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Pet. 4.13).
  3. Evaluate its cause. Too often we suffer, not for doing right, but for being hypocrites. Let’s be sure that we are truly suffering for doing good.
  4. Entrust it to God. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10.13).

So whether it’s weathering trials, learning to walk in wisdom so we won’t be the proverbial fool, or just growing in our understanding of His character so we can worship Him more fully, the source is His Word.

 

Blessings,
Donna


Getting ready for 2017

The holidays are just around the corner and the new year will be on us before we know it. What will you do to make Bible reading an ongoing habit in the coming year? I’d like to encourage you to set a goal to read through the Bible.

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And I hope you’ll sign up for my daily email. It can serve as a gentle reminder to stay on track. I try to make comments that are relevant to the daily struggles and questions that I hear in my counseling and discipleship ministries.

Start today so you can begin the habit and it will be a regular part of your day come January.

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10 thoughts on ““The Fullness of Scripture … Wade In!” November 28

  1. Thanks Donna for some good direction on what to read today! When God speaks, nothing is impossible and His word is full of promises fulfilled. ♥ And I love the verses about living water and wading in – they bring to mind how the priests were called to wade into the river of Jordan before it would part. We can’t begin to receive all that God has for us until we walk daily in His word.

    • Well said, Heather. I hadn’t thought about the connection to the priests being called to step into the water. There is no end to the things God has revealed to us through His Word. When people say the Bible is just a bunch of books written by men, I know they haven’t spent much time reading it, because the more you do, the more you see how all the pieces fit together like a giant puzzle! So glad you stopped by!

  2. I am planning to listen to the Bible straight through this upcoming year. I am in a busy season of life but always have to do dishes and laundry and that’s perfect for listening to the word!

  3. This is pretty cool. I’m going to be following my own reading plan in 2017. Still working on the finishing touches, but I know my schedule and I figured it’s best to make one where I won’t fall behind and give up.

  4. It is so important to read the Bible because God has given it to us – His very words! I love this thought, “A god we could understand fully wouldn’t be God at all!” There is so much about God we have not seen or experienced and I’m glad for that. Everyday He still amazes me. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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