November 10

November 10, 2020
By Terry Abel

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
                                                                        Psalm 119: 105
This past week I experienced a morning where I couldn’t find my Bible, and yet I knew exactly where our leftover chocolate Halloween candy was.  I was reminded once again, that God loves me unconditionally, even during those times when my priorities are not as they should be.

However, I have to admit, that for some reason, eating chocolate makes me feel better.  Even a few chocolate chips seem to elevate my mood and energize me.  Corrie Ten Boom, who traveled to over sixty countries and talked about the Lord after being released from Nazi prison camp, once compared the Bible to chocolate.  She said that just as we can eat a chocolate candy bar, and enjoy it without knowing all the ingredients in it, and their exact amounts, so it is with the Bible.  She said we don’t have to know every deep theological point in it, for it to spiritually nourish us.

For example, perhaps partly because of the pandemic you cannot be physically present with a friend or family member who is struggling with a problem, and yet you want to help them.  You can obviously pray for them.  However, also remembering that “Fear not” is mentioned many times in the Bible, may be very helpful to you as you think about their situation, even though you may not remember all the exact references to this command.

In a general sense, as the months go on with this pandemic that we are all in together, and our nation continues to struggle with political unrest, racial tension, and other issues, remembering God’s command to “Fear not” may help each one of us sleep better at night.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for loving us unconditionally even though we may sometimes fall short of how you would want us to behave.  Motivate us to treasure your word as we should, and help even short segments of it make us feel better, as chocolate sometimes does.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen

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