Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Rest for the Soul...
I love this photo of an open BIBLE. If you have ever grasped the depth of this book...you know what a blessed TREASURE you have in your hand.
Though the cover is worn,
and the pages are torn,
and though places bear traces of tears.
Yet more precious than gold,
is this Book worn and old,
that can shatter and scatter my fears.
When I prayerfully look,
in this precious old Book,
many treasures and pleasures I see;
many tokens of love,
from the Father above;
Who is nearest and dearest to me.
This old Book is a guide,
'tis a friend by my side;
it will lighten and brighten my way.
And with each promise I find,
it soothes and gladdens my mind,
as I read it and head it today.
To this Book will I cling,
of it's worth will I sing;
Though great losses and crosses be mine.
For I cannot despair,
though surrounded by care,
While possessing this blessing divine.
I remember in my youth thinking the NEW testament was the OLD updated! Little did I know that this book was COMPLETE in it's entire and that the OLD and the NEW walked together hand in hand. Compliment one another, confirm truths, manifest God's holiness and divine hand upon man's life.
When I think of the verse that says..
Thus saith the LORD, stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls....
I wonder? how many today...how many young people especially? Understand or even know THIS BOOK...the BOOK OF LIFE...the BOOK OF HOPE...THE BOOK OF ETERNITY!
THE BOOK OF TODAY! ...it is the most current book of the day!
It applies to all mankind at any time in history! But how many think of this as an outdated book.
Imagine neglecting to read the book that can give REST to your SOUL!
Man reads books of all kinds...seeking perhaps help on how to do this or that, maybe some advice on issues...like health. I myself have been researching Breast Cancer ...
But, I find in all the books conflicting words...some agree...some don't.
One thing I find...is that in this BLESSED King James Bible...
I find ALL TRUTH and I find that all the pieces are fitly joined together and AGREE!
and...I do indeed find REST for my soul!
Today, as I did my devotions the verse in Jeremiah came to my heart and I also noticed in reading it...the last part.
...But, they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16b
Imagine!! not wanting REST for your soul, promised by the LORD!
I then read this passage in Acts (the NEW testament)
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
....but seeing ye put it from you.... CHOICE
...and judge yourselves.............. CHOICE
Old Testament Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
New Testament II John 1-6 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
I rejoice greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
The only reason this book is OLD...is because it has lasted down the ages...still relevant today....and as precious as ever to those who read it and head it.
I wonder? How many realize..that this is the book of the LIVING..it is alive and speaks....to the HEART of man...if he will only receive it.
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Psalm 199:90
Thy word is true from the beginning; and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Psalm 119:160