Psalm 130:5: “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, / And in His word I do hope.”

November 10th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

In Matthew 24:35, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” God’s Word cannot fail, which is why we can place our hope in the promises He’s made. Hope means an expectation of coming good, so we can expect good things from the Lord. Wise is the man, woman, or child who discovers this truth about God’s Word and devotes their lives to studying it.

When the famous, Scottish, missionary physician, David Livingstone, started his trek across Africa in the middle 1850s, he had 73 books in 3 packs, weighing 180 pounds. After the party had gone 300 miles, Livingstone had to throw away some of the books because of the fatigue of the men carrying his baggage. As he continued on his journey, his library grew smaller and smaller, until he had only one book left—his Bible.

The application of the Bible in our lives should be obvious to others. I read about 4 pastors who were arguing over different Bible translations. One said he preferred the King James Version because of its beautiful, eloquent English. Another said he preferred the American Standard Bible for its literal treatment of the text. A third man preferred a translation called the Moffatt translation because of its quaint, penetrating use of words. After giving the issue further thought, the fourth pastor said, “I have personally always preferred my mother’s translation.” When the other pastors chuckled, he responded, “Yes, she translated it. She translated each page of the Bible into life. It is the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

“LORD, we wait for You, and in Your Word we have placed our trust this day.”