One of the most interesting things that I observe is God’s unique communication efforts to us in the normal “day to day” type of life that we live. On a recent mission trip, this book caught my glance and I took a picture of it:
Obviously, after further review, it was a Bible, a French Bible, but a bible none the less. After a bit of detective work, I was able to see what page it was on:
It turns out to be Titus chapter 3. Lots of good information but for a team who is on a mission trip to a foreign country, it might have a unique message- You be the judge:
Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.
Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.
So the letter to Titus speaks to a group on a mission trip from a weathered old French Bible left out in the elements. Maybe this is what God means when He says, “Let them with ears, hear.”
Does God speak out to you in a similar way?
We claim in our rhetoric that God hears our prayers. At times, though, we have a hard time hearing what He is saying. At other times, we have even a greater difficulty in acting on the things that Jesus and God are directly saying to us through the written Word of God.
Perhaps this week we can be on the lookout in our own lives to see what Scripture is presented to us. Perhaps we see it in the stands at a ball game. Perhaps it is on a plaque in a store. It really doesn’t matter “where” you see the Biblical reference. What matters is what you do with it!
What if, just what if, this was God’s direct line to you? And you walked by? Keep your eyes and ears open for what God might be saying to you, and then act accordingly!
Even out of an old, abandoned, weathered French Bible.
God talks back!