My husband and I usually go to our respective corners, coffee in one hand, Bible in the other, for our morning devotions. We’ll pray together at some point in the day, but we both prefer to spend the early morning hours alone with the Lord.
We've tried various ways to do devos together, but he’s slow and meditative. I'm fast and global. He’s wakes slowly and needs to sit awhile; I hit the floor wide-eyed and ready. Still, we recognize that each of us is receiving wisdom and truths from the Lord which we are not sharing. Recently, instead of trying to read the same book of the Bible or do a joint study, we've decided to share a daily nugget that each has gleaned from their reading that morning. Thought you might enjoy what we shared with each other this morning.
Bob’s Tuesday Gleaning from Jeremiah 33:
Just as surely as there is a fixed order to the universe which man cannot change, God’s promises will prevail regardless of what Israel, or Israel’s enemies (or, on a personal level, we,)do. “If you can break my covenant for the day, and My covenant for the night, so that day and night will not be at their appointed time, then My covenant may also be broken . . . ‘—Jer.33:20
Behold the days are coming . . .when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel. I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.”—v. 14, 26
Bob: “How good to know God’s promises have nothing to do with us, because we screw up a lot.” (Not sliding over repentance/free will here—just enjoying the nugget that God will accomplish that which concerns his people.)
Marcia’s Tuesday Gleaning: A Metaphor Moment from 1 Samuel 25:29
Abigail to David—“And should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God, but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.”
When we drove to Guatemala, each of us was allotted one trunk’s worth of special possessions to take. I chose some items for their usefulness, others for their beauty. In Israel’s early days, instead of a trunk, travellers would put their most precious possessions in a bundle, to be securely kept because of their special worth and useful service.
What a lovely image of security for us as God’s special possession—to be bundled in God’s care. “And they will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”—Mal.3:17
I pray that if you are heavy with a burden of striving, you will meditate on the surety of God’s delight in you as His precious possession.
Blessings abundant this last week of May.
And if anyone cares to share how you and a spouse or special one pray/study together, I’d love to know!