The other night I was reading my Bible. I have been working my way through the Old Testement on my quest to read the whole Bible from cover to cover. This is not as easy as it sounds, but I'm doing pretty well. I'm probably halfway through. I was, and still am reading, Isiah. As I was reading I fell upon this:
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying "This is the way; walk in it." Isiah 30:20, 21
I just read that over and over again. I was amazed. I grabbed a highlighter and highlighted the passage. And then I thought about a passage in James:
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life thatGod has promised to those who know him. When tempted, no one should say "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed... James 1:12, 13
Which lead me to Proverbs 17:3 "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart."
Then there is this nugget from Romans three, verse 22:This righteousness from comes through faitih in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified FREELY by his grace through redemption that came by Jesus Christ.
Who says that God doesn't speak to us through His Word. I get a kick out of it when I hear someone say that the Bible is an outdated archaic book. I'll bet dollars to donuts the person that said that hasn't read a word of it. Its these kinds of verses the keep my ship upright and correct.