Hope

“Again Jesus said, peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

”Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ”whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6,8)

”Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (Bible 1.cor 13:8)

”Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (matt 22,37)

The amazing Word of God

I’m again amazed by the Word of God! It just blows my mind. I get so encouraged just by thinking and meditation on the truths of the Scriptures. I’m puzzled how I in periods of my life find it struggling to read the Bible, when in “good” periods I feel like I could never stop meditating on the word. Do you feel the same way? What can one do?

I guess perseverance is a key word here. It doesn´t always give us goose bumps of joy when we read the Bible. That doesn´t mean its less important those times. The fish-soup on Monday is by no means of less importance than the Christmas dinner. I guess its a part of this individualistic culture that we´re in that makes us seek whatever feels good. The Bible therefore easily get neglected because we quit when it doesn´t feel good anymore.

From psalm 1 we get to know that those who meditate on the law(the word of God) day and night, will be like a tree planted by streams of whater. It gives its fruit in the right time. 2.timothy also along those lines says it helps us being equipped for all good works.
Its a sword against temptations, and a source of truth and comfort when lies sneaks into our minds.

I added more verses about it below the movie. Also there is a very good text about this at the yourney deeper website! Its worth taking a look at.

You have probably seen “Narnia”. You remember the part when Lucy goes into the wardrobe? I heard someone compare it to opening the Bible. In the beginning it might feel like you just meet these old dusty jackets. Not very exciting. But suddenly this whole world opens up in front of you; the land of Narnia. I heard about someone that had read through the whole Bible more than 50 times, and every time finding new treasures. Its certainly true that its like a treasure cave

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You. (psalm 119,11)

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The Kingdom of God and extreme love!

I was reading Matthew chapter 5-7 some days ago.
There is overwhelmingly much wisdom in these chapters!

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?
Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?
Do not even pagans do that?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
(Matt 5,46-48)

Reflecting over this, it gave me:
– One great challenge
– One great encouragement

The Challenge: To spread extreme love into the world.
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What is (…) the son of man that you care for him?

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is a man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8,3-4).

I was reading psalm 8 today. It made me feel very thankful for all the beautiful things God has created. What is also beautiful is that it is given to us so we can enjoy it!

Compared to the whole universe and everything created, we are nothing. In this big perspective we are just a microscopic part of it all, and yet He cares about us! And more than care, he loves us! And he more than loves us (as we usually today think of the word “love”), he died for us! For you! for me!

One thing is that we are small. I was also reflecting about my own life as I read this. I am a sinner saved by grace. I have sinned against God recently. But even more recently, after that I can testify about God´s great guidance, in other words his care! That´s just amazing to me!
My head knowledge says that God always forgives. My feelings however is more human like. After giving a great insult to someone, I don´t expect any love back for a while. But here I see his wonderful guidance right after I have sinned against him. So my experience tells me God is different. He is love!

Psalm 8
For the director of music. According to gittith [a].
A psalm of David
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1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise [b]
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:

7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Job´s amazing reaction

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1,20-21.)

I was reading in the book of Job this other day. We get to know that Job was a blameless and upright man and that he was rich. Suddenly a great tragedy happened to him. All his belongings were destroyed and all of his children died. He lost everything! Verses 20-21 really amazed me. How could he praise God in such a situation? I think the key is he understood that his belongings were not really his. ”The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away”. The successful life was all by grace. Because of this understanding, he was not so detached to the things that he would become angry with God for the loss. Instead he could say “may the name of the Lord be praised”. A beautiful….
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Back to the word of God

I was thinking about the Israelites when they were traveling through the desert. By the first eyesight they seem very slow to understand. They saw all these miracles and how mighty God is. Yet they lost focus. They started to complain and worry, and to trust more in themselves than in God. Someone then tells them how wrong they are, they turn back to God for a while and then start complaining again. And so it continues.

I can not say I’m much different from these Israelites. Lately I have found it hard to focus on God and use time in his word and in prayer, even though I have experienced how good it is to do that just as the Israelites had experienced God´s action. What I have prayed the most about is ”help to stay in your word and to pray”. I’m now inspired again to do so. I believe its his answer.
I stumbled over this website of an anglical priest who´s vision is to spread the word of God all over facebook. He has the facebookgroup ”the Bible” which is updated every day with a bible verse and some thoughts. The group has TWO MILLION followers, can you imagine?! This guy is also following a Bible reading plan and writes a blog with his thoughts on every days passage. Cool priest!
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