God, Our Teacher


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GOD, Our Teacher
Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalm 86:11) • Enséñame, oh Señor, tu camino; caminaré yo en tu verdad; Afirma mi corazón para que tema tu nombre. (Salmo 86:11) • 耶和華啊,求你將你的道指教我,我要照你的真理行;求你使我專心敬畏你的名。(詩篇 86:11) #FearOfTheLord #MyPrayer

‘Yarah’ throw, shoot. In the simple Qal form … means “to throw, to cast” (cf.
the shooting of arrows, 1 Sam. 20 :36). But in the causative Hiphil, the verb means “to direct, to point the way” (cf. the throwing out of one’s finger to point the way, Gen. 46:28, ASV). Teaching or educating is a matter of guiding, directing, pointing the way.

My prayer:
I see You as an Archer and I am as a bow in Your hands. Teach me Your way. Point me in the direction of Your way; throw me, shoot me where You will with all precision and force.

I see You as my Rabbi, patiently teaching and bringing light.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130 May Your words have entrance in me, may they fall on good ground, take root.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him? Job 36:22

I see You as my Guide. Teach me thy way, Jehovah, and lead me in an even path, because of mine enemies. Psalm 27:11
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4,5
Instruct me, guide me, teach me, and my heart will respond accordingly; I will walk in Your truth.

May your grace, oh God, teach me to say “no” to ungodliness and “yes” to You. Titus 2:12

4 Steps to Digesting Our Daily Bread


 

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I am convinced of, and have personally reaped the benefits of approaching the Word of God as my daily bread. 

1. Even before I read it, I lift it up above my head as to acknowledge its place in my life, above and before ALL things.

2. Then through simple and slow, very slow reading of His Word, I begin to masticate a bite-sized morsel of what is written and break it down repetitively. Masticating is a vital part of digestion as well as of the enjoyment of eating. The more we chew the easier the digestion. The psalmist encourages us to, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) It is through this chewing, this savoring, that we can see the love and goodness of God so clearly penned before us. 

3. I now swallow the Bread, His Word. To me, this is a clear way of saying, “I humbly and gratefully receive it as Truth in my life and, by Your grace, I will follow it and allow it to have its way in me.”

4. Finally, it is now “in my system” and I can do nothing about it except reap the benefits of its power, its nourishment and life-giving ability to provide me with all I need and to help me eliminate that which is toxic in my heart and soul.  

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8).

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)

Our Heavenly Father is a God of relationship, One who longs to communicate and commune with us. More than us wanting to be with Him, He wants to be with us. I see this over and over in Scripture and am humbled and grateful. Since we have such an honored presence at the table, let us not rush the process.  

 

Shine No Matter Where You Are


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Today I’m hungry

To grow, learn, live and give

I want my life to mean something to others

I long to know God more and make Him known

Lord, use me and all the gifts that you’ve given me

To help others, to life people up

Where I am weak and lacking, make me strong

I want to shine for you! 😀

(photo taken of the Dutch countryside)