I’ve always noticed that when I make a grand step toward God, He answers my gesture with all kinds of evidence that He noticed. My commitment to God’s Word for this year produced a growing hunger today — but not for a grilled cheese sandwich or my favorite Doritos. Instead, I was flooded with a hunger to delve into more of God’s Word. I really love the Truth. For instance, when I read a story about the Bible but the story doesn’t get the facts quite right, it bothers me a lot. The pure Truth is a lot more interesting than altered story details produced by inattention.
For example, I read the story of Noah to Aubrianna out of her new Bible today, and the storyteller missed one of the most interesting things about Noah’s story. It had never rained before — ever, in the history of the world — when he built the ark in the desert. (When reading the story in a true translation of the Bible just now, I realized that it was through prior study that I learned this.) So, anyway, Noah was trusting God for an event that had never taken place while being laughed at by the entire population of the world. But because Noah was trusting in God and obeying Him explicitly, He was rewarded with life, not to mention that his family repopulated the earth!
I want to be sure and mention that part of the snowball effect I experienced today was better balance and productivity. It was a full and satisfying day, and I do mean in the non-stomach type of way (which is progress). Practically counting the hours until the new Bible arrives. There’s no purchase that usually ever excites me as much as a new Bible, and that’s definitely true this time.
From my reading in Matthew today (virtually the same message Noah preached as he built the ark):
From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[a]”
New Living Translation (NLT)