15 February: The Price of Gold
Opening up another chapter today is like detonating a charge in a gold field. With every blast the ground becomes littered not just with chunks of gold, but also with diamonds and other precious gemstones, all relevant (if not vital) to the ongoing storyline…
READ DEUTERONOMY 1 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
At the start of this project of writing 365 Breadcrumbs in a year, my plan was to write as little as possible – just a “thought for the day”. The idea was to use the additional notes for those who wanted to understand more. The problem I’ve faced from the outset, is with the price of gold each day.
With so much hidden treasure being uncovered with every blast, it’s difficult to place a value on one portion of the chapter above another. Today’s reading is a typical example of how, in one short chapter, there’s enough information to keep clever theologians busy for centuries. I wonder if we’re not going to spend eternity just going through Scripture from end to end, taking a topic-thread in layers. Covering one layer at a time, could take years just to sift through the 66 books focusing on the gold. Years, to then sift it for diamonds. Years, to go through it all over again and this time sifting it for the rubies etc etc.
Struggling to place a higher value today on the price of gold in any one portion, my eyes have settled on the thread that focuses on the relationship we have with our Maker as we journey through this life:
“Don’t be terrified, don’t be afraid… The Lord your God who is going before you, will fight for you…” [v30] “…in the wilderness… [He] carried you, just as a father carries his son all the way in which you’ve walked until you came to this place.” [v31] “…[He] went ahead of you on your journey… to search out places for you to camp, and to show you the way you should go.” [v33]
In spite of this, I didn’t trust Him. [v32] I rebelled against the Lord’s command and in my arrogance and presumption, I marched out… [v43] Then, when I was chased like a swarm of bees and beaten down, I came back and wept before the Lord, but He paid no attention to my weeping and turned a deaf ear to me. [v44-45] What’s interesting about all this is that history only has a way of repeating itself, if we let it…Read More… CLICK on “15 February – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
May I be like those of old who sang to the Lord, praising and giving thanks saying, “For He is good, for His loving-kindness is upon His people forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord! [Ezra 3:11]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Angola[a]
Your Country: Victims of today’s slave trade
Yourself: Your “daily bread”
Your concerns for today
I am exceedingly afflicted, O Lord. Revive me I pray, according to Your word. [Psalm 119:107]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Lord help me to be diligent to present myself approved to God as a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, but who accurately handles the word of truth. [2 Timothy 2:15]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
I was confronted in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me into wide open spaces. He rescued me, because He delighted in me. [2 Samuel 22:19-20]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works that God has prepared in advance for us to walk in.” [Ephesians 2:10]