Tool for Living

by on December 16, 2016

Winter is here.  It’s the brutal cold of yesterday that is hard to shake.  The morning temperatures were a -3°F with a windchill of -19°F.  That will definitely take your breath away.  Those type of days are the ones where we leave the boots in the car and be sure we have the emergency kit in the trunk with the emergency blanket, extra hat and have a fully charged cell phone just in case.  Today’s weather is predicted to be better, but with snow moving in.  I believe there will be a white Christmas in Chicago this year.

What are your winter tools?  Snow shovels, boots, hats, mittens and scarves, possible a face mask for those really cold days…..I am sure you don’t leave the house without being prepared for an emergency.

It begs the questions….Is your Bible a tool for your daily living?  We don’t leave home without being prepared, but do we look at our spiritual growth and our relationship with God in the same way, not just for emergencies but necessary for living each and every day.  

This morning I was reading this Psalm and it was a great reminder to me of God’s wonder, His faithfulness and His love for us. 

 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Ps 19:1-14, emphasis added)

The cold weather reminds me that even though it is brutal outside, each day is a gift from God.  The skies, the sun, the earth and stars are all a gift for our eyes and a reminder the He is God and He is good.  But His Words, they are what refresh us, bringing us joy, light and a sweetness better than any Christmas cookie. His Words, relevant for today, are the best tool for living.  

Won’t you take a moment and read the Psalm above again as a prayer back to the Lord.  Prepare yourself for this day with the light and life of His Words.


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