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WANDERING

The last verse of 1 Timothy 6 (6:21) which is also the last verse of the letter of 1 Timothy refers to those who “have wandered from the faith.” (Another translation uses the words “gone astray.”) It seems related to something of a theme in 1 Timothy where Paul advises Timothy about such matters as: “false doctrines,” (1:3); those who have “wandered away” and “turned to meaningless talk,” (1:6); some who have “shipwrecked their faith,” (1:19); falling “into disgrace,” (3:7); “some will abandon the faith,” (4:1); “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them,” (4:16); those who have “turned away to follow Satan,” (5:15); and again, earlier in chapter 6, “Some people have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs,” (6:10).

Sobering. Paul’s advice to the younger pastor/elder, Timothy: “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them,” (4:16).

We too must carefully watch ourselves and those we care about. May God give us wisdom and insight for the times that we live in and for the specific situations that we each face, and keep us from “wandering from the faith.”

(I found the Sonic Light website listed under Resources on the FBC website, and specifically the Study Notes (http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm) by Dr. Constable helpful for understanding better some of these passages.)

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TUNE IN

As I read Psalm 89 verses 1-13, there are a few particular verses that stood out. Verses 1-2 reads,” I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens” and verses 7 -8, "For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord? What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord? The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne”. 

 

It wasn’t so much the power of what the verses were conveying but that I had not only read these before but heard them. Not just during Sunday School, or orated from the pulpit but in the car, on the radio, to music. Are these lyrics familiar to you:

 

Over the mountains and the sea,

Your river runs with love for me,

And I will open up my heart

And let the healer set me free.

I'm happy to be in the truth,

And I will daily lift my hands:

For I will always sing of when

Your love came down.

 

I could sing of your love forever,

I could sing of your love forever…

What about these?

Who is like the Lord? Nobody, who is like the Lord?

No, no, no, no, no, nobody

Who is like the Lord? Nobody, who is like the Lord?

No, no, no, no, no, nobody

Who is like the Lord? Nobody, who is like the Lord?

No, no, no, no, no, nobody

 

If our God is for us, who can be against us?

He will keep His promise, there's nobody like Him

What can separate us from the love of Jesus

He will keep His promise, there's nobody like Him

Nobody like Him, oh

 

What the reading of scriptures put on my heart to share is that God speaks to us in various ways. He speaks to us through scripture and songs, of course, but I feel the Holy Spirit pressing on me to think, and step and feel outside of that box of normalcy and to also listen for him in the rustling of the leaves and the whistling of the wind. To remember His promise seen in a rainbow and encouraged that “joy comes in the morning” as seen in the beauty of his sunrise. 

Let us all seek God in everything and may our findings remind us of his unfailing love that will be with us for eternity and restore our power in Him as we remember that there is no one like Him.

 

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