195. Choose to be Amazed

“You may or may not remember,” Stan began, “but when we were first getting together I told you about my early days of journaling and being told not to rush through the Bible.”

“I do remember,” I replied, “and that has had an impact on how I look at reading the Bible.”

“Before you mentioned that to me,” I continued, “I had been thinking about a reading plan for getting through the Bible in a year.”

“There is nothing wrong with such a plan to get a general overview,” Stan replied, “but I think it is more important to take it slowly and really focus on what God has to say to me each day, regardless of the number of verses I cover.”

“And,” Stan continued, “that brings me to something I want to mention that has to do with a single verse that really had an impact on me earlier this morning.”

“Let’s have it,” I said.

“We’ve talked some about the story in the Book of Acts concerning the fellow with two names who tried to keep his boss from the truth of the Gospel.”

“Several things about that,” I replied.  [Note to the reader:  See postings 171.1 and 176.1.]

“One more thing,” Stan said with a smile.

Continuing, he said, “After all of the efforts of the two-named fellow, Paul’s telling him off, and the Lord blinding him for a time, the fellow’s boss believed.”

“And the key part in that for me,” Stan exclaimed, “is that the fellow’s boss was amazed at the Lord’s teaching.”

“What is key about that?” I asked.

“What is key for me,” Stan replied, “is that I choose to be amazed at the Lord’s teaching.  And for me to be amazed, I have to pay sufficiently close attention to what it is God wants to teach me.”

“It is real hard, if not impossible,” Stan continued, “for me to be amazed if I am not paying attention!”

“Thus,” Stan concluded, “this is another valuable lesson for me to take my time as I make my way though the Bible.”

“In order for me to not miss being amazed with anything God has for me, I have to take the time to choose to be amazed.”

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Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.  Acts of the Apostles 13:12.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to amaze me.  Please forgive me all of the times I have failed to be amazed because I did not take the time to see how you wanted to amaze me.  You are amazing!  Please open me to see, understand, receive, and embrace all you have to amaze me.  Help me to focus on you, not on myself, so I can truly be amazed all of the time.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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