MONDAY, JULY 26
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT2)
SAYING MY PRAYERS: GOD’S WORD
In George Foreman’s book, God in My Corner, the former heavyweight boxing champion writes: “In 1974, before I went to Africa to fight Muhammad Ali, a friend gave me a Bible to take along on my trip. He said, ‘George, keep this with you for good luck.’ I believed the Bible was just a shepherd’s handbook, probably because the only verse I knew was ‘the Lord is my shepherd.’ But I was always looking for luck, so I carried that Bible with me. I had lucky pennies and good luck charms, so now I added the ‘lucky’ Bible to my collection of superstitious items. After I lost the fight, I threw the Bible away. I never even opened it. I thought, The Bible didn’t help me win, so why do I need it? I thought I’d get power simply from owning it; I didn’t realize that I needed to read it and believe what it says. Since then, I’ve come to understand that the Bible is my road map, not my good luck charm.” (West Coast Baptist College)
The Bible is definitely more than a good luck charm. The psalmist claims a clear difference between the person who gets their advice from ungodly people and the “joy” experienced by the person who delights in God’s Word day and night. Not only does God’s Word give them joy but it is also a source of stability and “plants” them in “prosperous” places.
In the sermon we were reminded that allowing God’s Word to direct our prayer life can help us defeat self reliance in our own hearts. There is something positive about starting and ending our days with God’s Word. Do you spend time with the Bible in the morning and at night? What’s a way you can add a morning or evening reminder to read the Bible?
Thank God for the joy that the Bible provides. Thank God for the promise of stability that comes from delighting in His Word.