Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light:
Quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer From Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
First of all I will confess quite simply – – I believe that the Bible alone is the answer to all our questions, and that we need only to ask repeatedly and a little humbly, in order to receive this answer. One cannot simply read the Bible, like other books. One must be prepared really to enquire of it. Only thus will it reveal itself. Only if we expect from it the ultimate answer, shall we receive it. That is because in the Bible God speaks to us. And one cannot simply think about God in one’s own stretch, on has to enquire of him. Only if we seek him, will he answer us. Of course it is also possible to read the Bible like any other book, that is to say from the point of view of textual criticism, etc.; there is nothing to be said against that. Only that that is not the method which will reveal to us the heart of the Bible, but only the surface, just as we do not grasp the words of someone we love by taking them to bits, but by simply receiving them, so that for day they go on lingering in our minds, simply because they are the words of a person we love; and just as these words reveal more and more of the person who said them as we go on, like Mar, “pondering them in our heart,” so it will be with the words of the Bible. Only if we will venture to enter into the words of the bible, as though in them this God were speaking to us who loves us and does not will to leave us along with our questions, only so shall we learn to rejoice in the Bible.
If it is I who determines where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connect with my own nature. But if God determines where his to be found, then it will be in a place which Is not immediately pleasing to my nature and which is not at all congenial to me. This place is the Cross of Christ. And whoever would find him must go to the foot of the Cross, as the Sermon on the Mount commands. This is not according to our nature at all, it is entirely contrary to it. but this is the message of the bible, not only in the New but also in the Old Testament….
And I would like to tell you now quite personally: since I have learnt to read the Bible in this way – -and this has not been for so very long –- it becomes every day more wonderful to me. I read it in the morning and in the evening, often during the day as well, and every day I consider a text which I have chosen for the whole week, and try to sink deeply into it, so as really to hear what it is say. I know that without this I could not live properly any longer.
Father…help us to see that we have to spend time in your ‘word’ and time in ‘prayer’ IN ORDER to spend time with YOU. Help us to see that we will remain on our self made paths in this life ‘unless’ we use the light of your word and prayer to illuminate the true path. Your will…your way…is the true path. I need your light…I need you. Help me/us Father. Amen
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