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March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014


"Focus on Scripture, Not Worries"

“I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23: 12b NIV


It’s awful easy to get sucked into focusing on worries.  It can consume you.  It is much better to focus on God’s Word and His promises.


It is impossible to be God’s friend apart from knowing what He says.  You can’t love God unless you know Him.  You can’t know Him without knowing His Word.  He even reminds us in 1 Samuel 3: 21 that He revealed Himself to Samuel through His Word.


Nothing has changed.  You may not be able to spend the whole day studying the Bible but you can think about it throughout the day.  You can read the daily scripture from the Connection Card or memorize the verse.


When you do this don’t just read it, think about it.  Mull it over.  It’s called meditation.  It’s not some mystical think only monks do.  Any of us can do it.


When you think about a problem over and over again in your mind, we call that worry.  When you think about God’s Word over and over, that’s meditation.  So if you know how to worry, you know how to meditate.  The more you do the latter the less you’ll do the former.


The reason God considered Job and David His close friends was that they valued His Word above everything else.  They thought about it continually throughout the day.


As our verse for today says, “I have treasured the Words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”  Eat or meditate?  Job would say meditate.


After you’ve heard or read the Word, don’t just leave it there, think about it and pray about it.  The more time you spend reviewing what God has said, the more you will understand the “secrets” of this life that most people miss.


Peace in the Lord,


Pastor Don