Beginning the Year in the Word

Isaiah 33:6

We have a framed verse from Isaiah on our wall. It is a reminder of the steadfast love of God. Our relationship with God guides us day by day, despite disruptions and chaos in our world. One of the ways that we nurture a relationship with God is through his Word.

Over the past year my husband and I have developed the habit of reading from the Bible in the morning and in the evening.

The Old Testament records every kind of human sin. Yet, when people turned to God in prayer, confessing sin and seeking help, God answered. God promised salvation.

The New Testament takes us through the fulfillment of God’s promise in Jesus. Jesus took on human form and was willing to die on the cross for our sins. Then he rose from the dead as testified by many witnesses. 

There is great benefit in seeing the Bible as a whole, each book relevant. In a Bible study with the women of our church, I am studying the book of Revelation. This week we will discuss chapter 15.  Here is a portion:

I saw something like a sea made of glass, the glass all shot through with fire. Carrying harps of God, triumphant over the Beast, its image and the number of its name, the saved ones stood on the sea of glass. They sang the Song of Moses, servant of God; they sang the Song of the Lamb.

“Mighty your acts and marvelous,

Oh God the Sovereign-Strong!

Righteous your ways and true,

King of the Nations!

Who can fail to fear you, God,

Give glory to your name?

Because you and you only are holy.

All nations will come and worship you,

Because they see your judgements are right.”

Revelation 15: 2-4 MSG

The Song of Moses mentioned here is recorded in Deuteronomy, chapter 32. Moses had led the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and had been with them through periods of rebellion and lack of faith in the wilderness. In the song he told of God’s greatness, His ways, and the failures of the people. When he completed the song, he gave this advice:

“Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the word of this law. Deuteronomy 32:46 ESV

Revelation 14:12 has a similar message.

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. ESV

When we are in relationship with God, He is the stability of our time.  

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By Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.