Do you know the feeling you have when you find something that you have been looking for? An item you’ve lost, a certain book at the library, a puzzle piece that you’ve been searching and searching for? The Lord wants us to experience this feeling of discovery in a new way every morning!
This is our motivation for family devotions. We call this time a “Wisdom Search” because, in whatever section we read, we look for wisdom: God’s perspective on the needs of the day. We also call it a “Rhema Search” after the Greek word rhema, which describes a Biblical principle applied to a specific situation.
This year the Lord’s direction for us was to read through the books of the Bible in chronological order. It is the first time that we have followed this pattern and is very interesting to track on the timeline of history.
God’s work in history is one thing that stands out in Genesis and Exodus. He often spoke, worked, or performed a promise much sooner or much later than I would have naturally suspected Him to. It shows how our heavenly Father is neither constrained to act instantly nor oblivious to the things that go on in our lives, but continues to operate from His larger frame of reference and supply what grace and peace is needed at the time.
How grateful I am to Dad and Mom for making this a part of our daily schedule. It’s one of those things that haven’t changed since as far back as I can remember.
The first picture was from 1992. Robert is the young chap in the foreground and Daniel is the one sitting beside Dad. This picture is from this year. Daniel is the one sitting next to me and Jonathan and David (both wearing green—and younger than Daniel) are now growing up to approach Daniel and I in height. It’s great to be growing together spiritually and physically. Because of the riches there are to find in Scripture, we have the opportunity, every day, to follow the example of the 49ers and go on a Wisdom Search, seeking for wisdom as for hid treasures (Proverbs 2).
“The foundation of American life rests upon the home and the family.” (President Herbert Hoover; August, 1928)
How many times does the Hebrew word for grace occur in the Old Testament? 4? 7? 25? About 50? About 70?