A New Book Release

Yesterday a new book was released by a prominent pollster.  He claimed that it was the most comprehensive study ever done, coving more than 6000 interviews, dozens of topics and 15 years of research.  The book contains, he said, proof of what Americans really want.  He went on to cite some of the questions, the statistics and their interpretation.  I don’t recall all of the examples he gave but one did stand out: “The more spiritual or religious a person is, the more in touch with God they are, the happier and more content they are.

That was hardly news to me.  The Bible teaches that the more we submit to God’s will for our lives, the more He will bless us.  And how can a person not be happy, filled with joy, and content knowing what treasure they have awaiting them when this life is done?  No, I don’t need this new book or its author to tell me this.  The Author of my faith has already assured me of it in His Word.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Lord,

I am so thankful for the peace You put into my heart and the promises I have assured me by Your Word and sacrifice.

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Sad State of Affairs

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I am sure that many of you have watched, as I have, the recent events unfold in our country. It is with a sick feeling I watch and listen to reports of healthcare overhaul that would make abortion a guaranteed healthcare option that tax payers would foot the bill for. It is with a sad heart I see the office of president lowered by the man who occupies it announcing he has no knowledge of an event and then in the next sentence says the police acted stupidly in that situation. The final straw was yesterday’s ‘beer summit’. Our nation is running headlong and full speed into disaster and our president makes a photo-op out of a racial situation he fanned the flames on with the ‘beer summit’. Besides being, in my opinion, an embarrassment to the office of president and the nation, it is not Biblical (Pro. 31:4).

We are the furthest away from the ideals the founding fathers set out for this nation we have ever been. And we are on a fast track to get even farther away very, very fast. A cursory glance at the Constitution will show that this nation was founded on Biblical principles, yet today many would have us to throw them right out with the trash. Contrary to most folk’s idea, this nation wasn’t founded for relief from oppressive taxation but to have the freedom of religion that we are slowly having stripped from us now.

As Christians, we must come together and pray for our nation, its leaders and people. We have to get back to the Instruction Book and Its precepts. And we have to stand up for the godly ways we believe in and let our voices be heard to those that would silence us. If we don’t, I believe it is a only matter of time before we can insert “America” in place of other lands in passages such as today’s:

Amo 2:4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:

Father,

I pray that You will be patient a little while longer with our wretched behavior as a nation. I pray that Your children will stand strong for Your Word and that we will see a revival across this land of people turning from their wickedness and to the Savior.

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Ponder on This

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I had often heard different folks speak about meditating on Scripture.  Of course, being just a country boy, thinking of meditating brought images of cross legged, chanting, and incense-burning ‘mystic’ types to my mind.  I know, that sounds silly even to me now.  But at one point that really is exactly what I thought of. 

One day I finally thought that there had to be something to this meditating that was not like the notion that I had of it.  Looking it up in the dictionary had, for what ever reason, never occurred to me before, but it finally did on this particular day.  Mr. Webster defines meditate as:

1. To dwell on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind; appropriately but not exclusively used of pious contemplation, or a consideration of the great truths of religion.

His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2.

2. To intend; to have in contemplation.

I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state of undisturbed repose.

What a wonderful tool the dictionary is, when you use it!  Finally, I understood the whole concept of Biblical meditation.  And better yet, I was already doing it; I just didn’t know that I had been.  Why, you ask, didn’t I know I’d been doing it?  Well, I thought I was just pondering on God’s Word, not meditating.  I did (and do) know that what ever you call it, meditating, contemplating, or pondering, it was a very profitable and enjoyable thing.  And I highly recommend taking time out of your busy schedule to ponder on a point (or two) that the Holy Spirit directs you toward each and every day.  I think you’ll agree that it is not only profitable but enjoyable, too.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. (Psalm 1:2; 77:12)

Lord God,

I thank You for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I read, study and think on Your Word.  I praise You for giving me any insight and understanding of Scripture that You see fit to give me.

Greg Wolford

©2009

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