As we look forward to this season of patriotic holidays, Memorial Day and Independence Day, I am reminded of the words the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
In these days of threatening events from without and within our country, God calls us to pray for our leaders. No matter if we agree or strongly disagree with the direction they are taking us, we must above all pray so that we can lead quiet, peaceable, godly lives, sharing the truth of the Gospel whenever we can.
I want to remember to thank the Lord every time I exercise my freedom to worship openly with other believers. I do thank Him for the opportunity through the internet to post devotional blogs that reach individuals all over the world. In these past 16 months that I have been posting through-the-Bible devotions on several networks, I have had the opportunity to dialogue one on one with believers and unbelievers, sharing my own personal response on Scripture passages - what a blessing this has been.
If you have been following these devotional readings since the beginning, you know that we have covered selected passages in each of the Old Testament books from Genesis through Malachi. I hope this simple focus on the lives of real people who lived in Bible times has encouraged you to read further and go deeper in your own study of Scripture. I know that I have only scratched the surface of the deep riches in His Word.
I will be taking a break during the early summer months to read, write and focus on the Lord’s leading for this particular season of our lives. I will begin posting New Testament devotions later this summer. I know you too are looking forward to having kids home from school, holiday celebrations, vacations and time with extended family. Have a wonderful, safe and enjoyable summer season.