Today is Friday, July 14, 2017. Day 21,673.
“Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.” ~ Simeon Strunsky, No Mean City (1944)
The Quotations Page
The word of the day is savant, a noun which means, “a person affected with a mental disability (such as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music).”
Today is Mac and Cheese Day. Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?? Don’t answer that; I don’t really want to know.
We had the best time last night! Only four other people came to our gathering, but it was a blast. We had pizza delivered, and played in the pool until around 9:00 PM. It was a great time of fellowship, enjoyed by all. The highlight was probably when B was throwing his eight-year-old daughter across the pool like a cannonball. Good times.
Baseball finally resumes tonight after the break for the pointless thing called the All Star Game. The Red Sox play the Yankees at Fenway, and the Rangers play the Royals in KC. Current standings, the Sox are in first 3.5 ahead of the Bronx Bombers, and the Rangers are tied for second with the Angels, 16.5 behind the Astros. No one else matters.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
But I call to God, and the LORD will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety
Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.
For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love!
Jesus taught us, saying, “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
(From Practice Resurrection)
God does not just hand us information. Nor does he explain (at least not very much, sometimes). He calls us. No condemnation, no excuses. God calls us.
It began with Adam in the garden. Adam disobeyed God’s command and “broke the intimacy that had been created by God’s speech. The equilibrium between God’s word and Adam’s walk was destroyed.” But God called Adam and began restoring him.
God called Abraham when he was in Ur, and told him to leave his home and family and go “to the land that I will show you.” This wound up being Canaan. Abraham walked according to God’s call, which “resulted in Abraham becoming our father in the faith.”
Moses, while tending sheep in Midian, heard his name being spoken from a burning bush. He learned the name of the one who called him: “Yahweh.” His walk “developed into a congregation of people walking out of Egypt through the sea into freedom.”
When Jesus was on the shores of Galilee, he called four men by name. He kept calling . . . those four became twelve. “They followed him up and down the roads of Galilee, listening, obeying, questioning, observing, praying.” Later, Jesus would call them again; calling them to “take up their cross and follow him to his cross, his death in Jerusalem.” They heard, and they walked with him, becoming “the company that the Holy Spirit formed into the church.”
Saul walked on the Damascus road, seeking “Christians” to kill. He was called by name, and learned the name of the one who called him: “Jesus.” His very name was changed, and his walk became the majority of what we know as the New Testament.
“God speaks the decisive word that puts us on the way, the road, the path of life.” The Hebrew word for Bible is Miqra, “a noun formed from the verb ‘to call,’ qara. The Bible is not a book to carry around and read for information on God, but a voice to listen to.”
“The word of God that we name Bible, book, is not at root a word to be read and looked at and discussed. It is a word to be listened to and obeyed, a word that gets us going. Fundamentally, it is a call. God calls us.”
Father, thank you for calling me many years ago. My walk has not been even remotely close to perfect. Several times, it has been disrupted, but you always called me back. I pray for a walk like Abraham’s, Moses’s, the disciples’, and Paul’s. Teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. Help me to walk in the easy yoke of Jesus, in your Kingdom, in your Kingdom ways. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates, day and night.” Let me be that man, Father.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Grace and peace, friends.