Long Full Lives
29 January 2017
Reading: Exodus 23-24; Psalm 14; Acts 5
25 “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness. 26 There will be no miscarriages or infertility in your land, and I will give you long, full lives. (Exodus 23:25-26 NLT)
This is one of the scriptures that’s on my “Verses for Daily Reading” list. I’ve been doing a Through The Bible In A Year reading plan since 1980. In thirty-seven years, that’s a lot of chapters and verses! The reading plan I use and the translation I read from changes from time to time, but the ground covered remains the same.
I read the Bible in the context of my life and I read for personal application. I read in the context of my responsibilities and tasks, my successes and failures, my family and my friends, my faith and my fears. I read for spiritual nourishment and for soul-health. I read to hear a present word from God for my “right-now” life!
Over the years, verses or short passages have been “quickened” to me by God’s Spirit as I read and pray about my life and my needs. When that happens, I grab what God gives me. I’ve printed my “Verses for Daily Reading” on a piece of paper that I keep inside the front cover of my daily reading Bible.
There are just over thirty verses or short passages on my “Verses for Daily Reading” list. Some have been on the list for years. One is new last year. I didn’t so much choose them as they chose me. I read them every day because they are like vitamins to keep my soul healthy. I read them every day because they remind me of how God spoke to me a word of faith for my fear and a word of direction for my confusion. I can’t wait to see what God adds next!
Look at today’s verses from Exodus 23. I needed these words for my own life when God gave them to me. Today, with God’s permission, I give them to you.
Father, Thank you for my “Verses for Daily Reading” and for your Daily-Speaking Voice. I believe someone who reads this needs to hear this word from your heart today. I partner with you in giving them the gift of a word of faith for their fears, a word of assurance for their doubts, and a word of hope for their heart. In Jesus’ Name!