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Is The Bible From God?

Today’s Bible Verse: “For the word of God is living and active
and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as
the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and
able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”
 
(Heb 4:12 NASU).
 
Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) was a United States naval
officer and scientist who did much to improve ocean travel
(World Book Encyclopedia). One day while he was sick and in
bed his son was reading the Bible to him. When he read
“whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas” (Psalm 8:8),
Matthew said, “If the Word of God says there are paths in the
sea, they must be there. I will find them” (Why We Believe the
Bible by George W. DeHoff, p. 53).

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Finding Fault

Ponder: Matthew 7:1-3
 
Today’s Verse: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge
with righteous judgment”
 
(John 7:24 NASU).
 
It’s obvious that in seeing the faults in others we could be making
excuses for our mistaken views, knowing that we are judged by
others in the same way. Maybe you’ve heard of Lowell’s
Observatory in Arizona, named for Percival Lowell, an astronomer
with an obsession about the “canals” on the plant Mars.
 
An Italian (1877) reported he had seen straight lines crossing the
Martian surface, causing Lowell to spend his life peering into an
 eyepiece to prove the point. To him, the canals were a sign of
intelligent life, possibly of a wiser race. Lowell was so prominent
that none of his comrades contradicted him.
 
All of Mars is mapped, and space probes have proved not one
canal present, How did Lowell see so much that wasn’t there?
Firs, the wanted to see canals, and second, he suffered from a
rare disease that allowed him to see the blood vessels in his
own eyes.
 
Doctors term his ailment, “Lowell’s syndrome.” Jesus warned, “. . .
in the same way you judge others, you will be judged,” and,
“seeing the speck of sawdust in another’s eyes and passing over
the plank in your own. . . .” Isn’t that the spiritual equivalent
of “Lowell’s syndrome”? How often have we assumed a firsthand
view of others’ shortcomings, when in fact our vision is
distorted – by our own diseases?
 
Prayer: Blessed Father, we are grateful for Your forgiveness,
for caring about the damage we do to ourselves when we turn to
noting the wrongs of others as less than our own. May our
shortsightedness be overcome in accepting how far short we
fall from Jesus’ example for us. In His name, Amen.
 
Gordon Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA
gor.ver.her@comcast.net
    
 

 



The Highest Motivation

Bible Verse for Today: “For this is the love of God, that we
keep his commandments: and his commandments are not
grievous” (I John 5:2).
 
How do we think about the things we do for our Lord? Perhaps
we do not always do good from the highest motivation. For
example, we may attend services because we think others expect
us to go. We may help others because we know God wants us to
help them. Maybe we join a Bible class or ladies’ group because
it gives us a chance to socialize and make friends. No, there is
nothing wrong with those reasons. But do they come from the
highest motivation?

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