TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Genesis 2:23–3:13 We all know what shame feels like. To understand your own personal shame, you may need to go back to the beginning of your childhood. To understand shame in Scripture, you need to go back to the beginning, too. We see at the end of Genesis 2 that Adam and Eve are naked, and they aren’t ashamed about it. Yet, as time passes, Satan convinces the first humans that the way God made them, the parameters He put in place, and the will He has for their lives isn’t good enough. And this is the voice
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Genesis 37:12-36 Conversation and mealtime go together like biscuits and gravy; they’re just made for one another. Breaking from the day’s work, a group of brothers tending their flocks stopped to share a meal and discuss the topic of conversation for the day: “If we’re not going to kill our brother, then what?” Jacob is anything but subtle, and Joseph is anything but humble when it comes to his favored place among twelve brothers. Jacob gives Joseph a coat of many colors, and the rest get a cold shoulder. Joseph, an active dreamer, tells his family about a
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Lamentations 3:1-24 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end.” These are not only words from Scripture, but they are also lines from one of my favorite worship songs. I sang and even led this song for years, enjoying the upbeat reminder of God’s love for us. It was a long time before I read the verses immediately before those lines, and when I did, my perspective was forever changed. Reading the first twenty verses of this chapter puts Jeremiah’s pain on full display, as he describes what God has done.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 1 Peter 4:12-16 In The Speed of Trust, Steven M. R. Covey tells the story of a guide he hired to take him fly fishing in Montana. They looked out over the river, and he asked Covey what he saw. Covey replied that he saw a beautiful river with the sun reflecting off the surface. He said, “Do you see any fish?” Covey said no. The guide proceeded to hand him a pair of polarized sunglasses. Once Covey put those on, he could see through the surface of the water and saw all kinds of fish. Those glasses
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Distractions are dangerous. In some cases, distractions can be deadly. Every year, numerous billboards and ad campaigns remind drivers not to text while behind the wheel. Many automobile accidents have occurred because drivers are distracted by texting. Whether we are waiting on an important message or simply allowing curiosity to get the best of us, it is tempting to avert our eyes from the road to check an incoming text. Yet we understand that pain, or even death, can result from distracted driving. Distracted living can also be dangerous. When Paul writes to the church
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Psalm 13 Not too long ago, I accidentally caught two fingers of my left hand in the hinges of a door as it closed. If that has ever happened to you, you understand the kind of sudden pain that shoots through your hand. I was in a building lobby, and all I needed to do was get to my car, make the short ride home, and put some ice on my hand. I was in pain, but what I did next was interesting. Instinctively, I pretended that it hadn’t really hurt. I assured the people near me that
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 1 Peter 1:1-25 The Christian life is one that is full of paradoxes. A paradox is something that Mr. Spock on Star Trek would say is deeply illogical, because despite sound reasoning, paradoxes just don’t make any sense. Like having to die so that you can have eternal life. Or Jesus having to give His life to save us from our sins. But that’s God’s business––taking what is so terrible and horrific (like crucifixion) and turning it into something wonderful for His glory. Being joyful among sorrows is one of those paradoxes as well, and 1 Peter 1
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Genesis 12:10-20 One of the most famous explorers of modern history is Scott of the Antarctic. Sadly, Scott and his team died during their expedition. But only recently have scientists begun to understand why. It seems that they starved themselves to death while eating! It sounds like nonsense but it’s not. Nutritionists tell us that the average adult male needs to take in about 1500-2000 calories of food each day. Scott and his team took in around twice that amount. But it wasn’t enough for the activities they were involved in. “Each of the polar explorers were burning