Daily Word

James 3

Read James 3 – again, read it.  I just timed it and it took just 2 minutes plus 21 seconds to read, so please don’t say you don’t have time. And if your bible is not close, just put it in the search engine: James 3, and there you have it.  Let a verse speak to your heart before being influenced by anything I have to say.  

The chapter title in my bible says:  Taming the Tongue.  The very first verse is one I am very cautious of when writing these blogs.  I am not here to teach, but to encourage.  I am not called to teach, but to learn… and happy (honored! grateful! blessed!) to share this journey with you.

James speaks about the tongue for :12 verses.  Did it grab your attention more than if he would have said, “speak kindly,” or something gentle like that?  There was nothing gentle about :8, “but no man can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”  This kind of conviction saves us from glossing over these words.  Remember, this is for you, not your spouse or your kids, or your boss, or your passengers (in my case).  James calls us to get our own selves in order.  He wants us to see what Jesus sees with clear eyes because only then can we bring it to the cross.

Verses :13-18 What kind of wisdom resonates with you?  If you recognize it as the one led by selfish ambition, pray about that.  Remember, Jesus loves you just as you are and he loves you too much to leave you that way!

Daily Word

Deuteronomy 29

Read Deuteronomy 29 – Like a vow renewal ceremony, the LORD renews the covenant with Israel.
When the Israelite slaves escaped Egypt 40 years prior, the LORD made a covenant with them at Mount Sinai (sometimes called Horeb). But that generation passed away for their unbelief and did not enter the Promised Land. This is the generation of faith, the children and grandchildren of those who fled Egypt.
This generation lived in a state of miracles. They saw the miracles the LORD did to bring about their escape from Egypt. While in the desert for 40 years they had plenty to eat, their clothing and even their sandals did not wear out. (:5-6) They were slaves who became great conquerors in war because the LORD made it so. (:7-8) Yes, they lived in a constant state of miracles, but they didn’t get it. “But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.” :4 That makes me want to pay close attention to the everyday miracles in my life.
Now, the LORD is fulfilling his promise to Abrahah, Isaac and Jacob by establishing every man, woman, child and foreigner who serves them as his people, that he may be their God. (:13)
The LORD warns them to consider the detestable things they have seen in the nations they have passed and not turn away from the LORD by turning to these idols and gods of those nations. He warns them not to even dabble, “Make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison. When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, ‘I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,’ they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.” :18b-19
This reminds me of the old bumper stickers that read, “Not perfect, just forgiven”. While that is true for the believer, it also has a ring of arrogance like the one the LORD is warning about.
As we live out our lives on earth, may we embrace verse :29, accepting that there are secret things that belong to the LORD, while our responsibility is to honor all he has revealed to us. And Beloved, keep a grateful eye out for those everyday miracles.