You Can't Read Just One Verse

Tuesday, May 4, 1999

James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (KJV)

An offer came through the mail to receive a prayer calendar, so I sent for one. Each day has a suggested scripture reading on it and I thought it a beautiful addition to my other daily readings as well as a definite way to read more of the Bible each day.

The calendar is a conspiracy. A Bible book and verse number are written on the calendar for you to look up and read. However, you just cannot read only that one verse. Each one is just enough to make you want to read what went before and what continues after. My Bible of choice is the King James Version, so some of the scriptures even joggle me into reading another translation just to double check or clarify that what I thought it said, was, in fact, what it said.

Then too, I write out what the scripture says, so that I may have a quick reference should I need one for a devotional. I do lack wisdom, and so, in sending for the calendar, I was asking God to help me to better understand. Perhaps I was thinking the verses would be written out each day so all I had to do was read it off the calendar. Kind of an easy way out. This way, I have to do a little work to read a whole lot more.

It's a conspiracy. But it's the kind of conspiracy I like. Ask God to help you better understand his word, and watch how he answers.

Prayer: Thank you Father, for the little ways in which you guide us towards your word. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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