If you are here from the P31 Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome! I’m so glad you popped over for a visit. You’ll find the verses I promised below. And I’d love to get your input on my question as well. Click on the word “comments” below and follow the prompts.
In my Proverbs 31 devotion today, I wrote about really honing in on a certain Bible verse and unearthing the treasures hidden within just a few words. God’s words are so rich, so penetrating, and so intentionally placed, I don’t want to rush past a powerful few in an effort to get through a whole chapter.
Have you ever felt pressure to read more in order to have had a more complete quiet time?
But, I don’t think more always equals better.
Sometimes, truly, less is more.
For example, one of the messages I’m speaking at conferences right now is about King Jehoshaphat from 2 Chronicles 20. I love the first three words of verse 3, “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved…” Right within those three words is a message that will preach, and should preach to me all day long.
A message in three words, you ask?
I love how Jehoshaphat’s name is book-ended in two opposite words.
“Alarmed” is how he was feeling.
“Resolved” is how he’d respond to his situation despite his feeling.
To put the story in context, he’d just found out that three countries were banding together to fight against his smaller army. Yes, he should have felt alarmed. But what inspires me is his ability to not react out of his alarm. He stayed resolved… “resolved to inquire of the Lord.”
In other words, his feelings were an appropriate indicator of what he was facing but not a dictator for his reaction.
So, here’s the message that preaches to me: “My feelings should be an indicator of my situation but never a dictator of my reaction.”
I want to be resolved… resolved to inquire of the Lord. So, though my quiet time consisted of three words… pondering how to be resolved will linger in my thoughts all day. And it will surely change my reactions, my words, and my thoughts.
How might the same thing happen when you unearth some of God’s treasures tucked within just a few of His words? Here are some great verses to get you started…
I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ John 13:7
In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16
He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart. Ecclesiastes 5:20
Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. Hebrews 11:7
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
Aren’t those good Scriptures? I can’t wait to dig in myself. If you find some treasures, be sure to let us know in the comments below. I love learning from you!
Now, I have one last question I’d love to get your thoughts on. I’m writing a “Made to Crave” 60 day devotional book. Are there some thoughts, questions, or topics you’d love to see me cover in this book? Oh, I appreciate your help so much. I love doing life with you bloggy friends. I really do.