What? Where’s the scripture verse to meditate? Give me a minute to explain; I’m wanting to make an important point today.
Our goal in these daily devotions is not to make you a Bible scholar. There’s nothing wrong with being a Bible scholar but this is neither the purpose of these daily devotionals nor is it something everyone should be doing with their lives. What is the purpose of these daily devotionals and what everyone should be doing with their lives is devoting themselves to Jesus Christ.
Remember when we read what Jesus said relative to the relationship between the Bible and Him:
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;”
– John 5:39
We do not go to Jesus so that we can be drawn to the Bible; rather, we go to the Bible so we can be drawn to Jesus. The Bible is a witness…and Jesus Christ is the One to whom the Bible bears witness.
Each day I am giving you a potential “landing zone” in the Bible. Not every verse will work every time for every person. But as the days pile up, surely you are finding a verse here or there which speak to you, which touch you in a special way.
Remember what the disciples said about hearing the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus?
…”Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
– Luke 24:32
Something was happening in their hearts when they heard Jesus speak. What I’m after in these daily devotionals with you is giving opportunity for your heart to warm to the words of Scripture.
If a particular passage on a particular day doesn’t touch your heart, return to one that does. If you’ve been underlining or otherwise marking your Bible for verses we’ve covered, surely you’ve found a few that do speak to your heart. Go back to these.
When you find a good landing zone in the Bible, it’s a place to which you can return again and again. It’s like returning to a covered well; each time you go back, fresh water will come springing up.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, help me remember a verse that warmed my heart so that I can return there this morning and be refreshed…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)