Today I read a letter that your servant Paul wrote to another of your servants, Timothy. Right through. The letter. Not the headings in the Bible or the chapter numbers. Not the verses or the paragraphs. I copied it out without anything but the words themselves and read it.
Just the letter. As a letter.
It makes such a difference to how you read things sometimes.
Thank you for preserving it – your word. Help me to remember to read your word as more than just a text-book when I study it.
Lord, you had so much to say to Timothy through Paul – so much to pass on to others through this letter. You ask for nothing less than my full attention, do you? Yet to understand anything at all of your character is to be transfixed by you – and it demands a response. How do I ever get complacent about you? Your presence? Your mercy? Your holiness? The approval that you have granted me?
Father, please open my heart to you as I study your book of 2 Timothy.
Help me also to know what to do with the new knowledge of Gina. Bennie’s Genie. What do I do with this? So far I’ve not had to make a decision because Gina’s not been in yet this week – but sooner or later she’ll be back and will see that there is something that I’m not saying. She doesn’t miss much. Lord, please grant me wisdom.
Right now I’d best be going. Dinner with Jonah and family with Paul and the girls tonight. Lord, please bless this evening’s conversation and open Paul’s ears and heart. I can’t wait to spend time with these people. They seem so lovely and I can’t wait to hear about how Hamish came to Christ!