There is no question that life is getting more complicated with increasing civil and political unrest, increasingly aggressive terrorism, a complex international economy, and WAY too many passwords to remember. In 6:8 of Micah, the last part of the verse reads, “…And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (NIV) Three simple statements or tasks… how to act… how to love.. and how to walk. If we are ‘to act justly’ then it means considering what is fair and right and moral not just what is easy or quick or politically correct.
Many people spend their whole lives looking for some great treasures in distant lands only to have missed great treasures (and great joy) close to home and close at hand. Treasure hunting can be as simple as 1-2-3-4.... as in 12:34 Luke, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (NIV) So, as you go about your 'treasure hunt' today, start in God's Word. In it you will find life and hope and peace and healing and so much more.
For the past nearly 9 years I had developed a new habit of passing along the US Presidential $1 coins to family and friends. (The US Mint issues 4 presidents per year for 10 years...but you must be a dead president to get your coin issued. Several are delighted to wait for theirs to be issued. We are up to #35 (JFK). Four more to be issued and then a 'pause' for the next one(s)). I would usually have several in my pocket and would even pass them on to strangers (usually parents with their kids) at local shops or eating places. It was fun to see their reactions. Free gift.
When I find a new verse, I usually pin it to my bulletin board above my desk. It is a visual reminder of it until I can add it to memory. 5:09 of Job says, "He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." (NIV) With all the problems in the world and in our country, it is easy to focus on 'the sides' and not to focus on the real issues or real options. We too often miss the many miracles which are happening all around us. This verse is just 12 words but is incredibly powerful to remember and to keep in your mind.
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