Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Gentle Jesus Meek And Mild"1 (Lyrics)
Acts 17:11 – These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. (NRSV)
I have been visually impaired for some time now, and today, I want to tell you about my struggle with not being able to see the details. Adjusting to this new normal is like being a first-grader in the school of learning! I am often frustrated by the inconvenience and by the errors caused by such impairment.
I have had to seek help, as well as receive help that is offered, since, for example, I can't make out the coins in my hand. They are all just blurry to me. I can feel that some are loonies and some are toonies by their size, but I need a bright light to see just what is what.
In light of my struggle, I began to evaluate what I have learned in Bible study in my lifetime, and the word details would not leave me. Like wave after wave, as I studied, the details would demand that I take a closer look at many words or sentences in the Bible.
I realized that the Bible is, in detail, God's Word for our good.
Take any word — for example, faith — and trying to master the meaning of the word, one is in the middle of awesome truth. How do we define faith in one word when there is so much more to it? Faith comes by hearing God's Word. We receive our faith in Jesus when we surrender all our being to Him. In a miraculous exchange of wills, we give up ours so that Jesus may fill us with His will from head to toe, and from head to heart.
When we are hungrily feeding on the Bread of Life, Jesus, we are fed with the details of Jesus' sacrificial death and resurrection as payment for our sins as believers.
I pray that as we take time to examine the details within the Bible, they will bring us closer to God as our Maker, Provider, and Redeemer. When the details of our rescue from sin and error become a gospel truth to us, we will walk in the light, rejoicing and praising God for His faithfulness that details His great love, with a new voice singing, "All I have needed Thy hand hath provided — strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!"
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your provision for our eternal life in Your heaven. Thank You for the bright hope of things to come and for the strength to endure here in this life. Great is Your faithfulness to us, O Lord, to the glory of Your name! Amen!