Reading Challenge for this Week:
Read Colossians everyday. All four chapters. It will be a challenge. Stretch yourself. (Tomorrow I will explain why to read this much.)
Any and every journey we take in life begins with one step. The first step is always the most difficult. The reason for this is that we are deciding to go in one direction over all others. Course corrections and adjustments are a part of life, but movement is the most basic requirement to arriving.
I have joked with people that have asked me about how to discern God’s will by getting them to see that without taking a step they will never go anywhere and God has nothing to order. Psalm 37:23 says something very interesting. The ESV and the NLT help us to see the nuance of the text.
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; (Psalm 37:23, ESV)
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalm 37:23, NLT)
It is interesting that in the ESV the focus appears to be on the delight of the man in what God is doing. When I delight in God’s way, God promises to establish my steps. The word establish does not mean God has decided everything that will happen. Rather, it points to the fact that God is guiding me as I focus my attention on his plan for my life.
The NLT on the other hand seems to imply that God is the one that delights the life of the godly. While this would seem to be contradictory it reveals two things. First, how difficult it is to translate God’s word. But, second, and more important, the fact that both God and individuals are to delight in the interaction. We are not alone in the journey because God is there with us.
The foundation of The ELEVENone Project is the belief that the Bible is the primary instrument that God has provided for the the Christian to use in making disciples. Jesus is not here to walk with us. But, God ordained the writing of scripture and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to serve as our teacher as we interact with holy writ. This means that the first thing we have to believe is that God’s word will do what God intended it to do. So what is that exactly?
The simple answer is that what the bible says is supposed to replace our false or incorrect beliefs about everything with God’s. This is the heart of what we are talking about. Let’s look and see what the writers of the Bible said about God’s word.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8, ESV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11, NKJV).
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21, NKJV).
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, ESV)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, ESV)
There are several questions that we have to answer:
- Do I believe that this is true?
- Will I go where the Bible leads?
- Am I ready to do what the Bible implies I should do?
The journey begins when we can honestly answer these questions and then let God do the rest.