Last night, our car was broken into. Well, technically not our car – my wife Liza was driving a friend’s vehicle last night when the crime took place. She was parked across the street from our friend Jen’s house, and while we were inside watching The Voice, someone was outside smashing the window and running off with one of Liza’s bags.
Her bag of favourite things.
Her bag of things she uses every day.
Her iPad mini. Her coffee mug. Her Bible. Notebook. Homework from our Hearing God Seminar (true story, Pastor Craig – the dog didn’t eat it, a criminal stole it!). A pair of her favourite shoes, a favourite scarf, and an assortment of i-cables, chargers and head phones. Several hundred dollars worth of things.
What’s a criminal going to do with a Bible?
After posting the above photo on my Instagram account (chrisjordan021 – follow me if you’re not already), several of our Christian friends on Facebook said things like, “Praying the thief will read the Bible, be convicted, and return all of your stuff!”
Anyway, this morning as I sat down to do my daily devotions, I was reading through Psalm 1, a part of our Hearing God Seminar homework. Our task was to read through the Psalm and have a conversation with the Lord, and hear what He would speak to us. This is what I wrote in my journal this morning:
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment… For the Lord knows the way of the righteous.“ (Psalm 1).
Me: Lord, what do you want to speak to me through this Psalm? How can these truths encourage me in my life today?
Holy Spirit: Think about the analogy of the tree planted by the waters. Did you know that the tree experiences the same wind that the chaff does?
Me: So the chaff (the empty husks of wheat and grains) that represents the ungodly is driven by the winds of adversity. But the righteous – those who delight in God’s Word and meditate on it and put it into practice – we are the ones who, though the winds of trouble and difficulty blow – we are not knocked over because we have roots that go deep into your love and your presence. We are fruitful and leafy and we bloom and grow stronger, and even though the wind may cause us to bend, ultimately we will not break. Amen! Thank you for that encouragement Lord!
That reminded me of something I read in my devotions from a couple of weeks ago, something Jesus said in Matthew 12:20: “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory.”
You may feel bruised and broken and bent today, but fix your eyes on Jesus, and allow Him to heal your broken heart, comfort you in the midst of your mourning, and give you His peace. Amen!
Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.