It’s a cool and cloudy October Day here in Colorado. I hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather, wherever you are!
Last year at this time I chose Zephaniah 3:17,
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
I’m not exactly sure why I chose this verse or where I read it, but it’s beautiful and I love it. How reassuring to know that God loves us this much. It’s a little overwhelming, that kind of love.
This year in the Sermon on the Mount we begin Matthew 7. It’s hard to believe we have come through Matthew 5 and 6 and are closing in on the end of this passage. I feel as though I have just caught up with where we are, and the beauty is that at the end of Matthew 6 is one of my favorite verses, just at the time when I was feeling as though I couldn’t possibly (a) memorize or (b) live up to all the verses in Matthew 5 & 6:
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So simple. So true. So reassuring. Just seek God first and He will take care of the rest.
But I digress. Where we are now is Matthew 7:1-6.
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
There it is. I’m not even sure what to say about this yet, so I’ll let you go to my friend Cara’s blog if you are interested in more on this.
Now it’s your turn! Please post your verses from this year and last, and any comments, prayer requests or encouragements. Thank you as always for participating in this little community. It has been quite a journey, and I’m glad to have had your company!
The Lord bless you and keep you, dear Siestas,