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Time With God's Word

O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn't see your troubles and isn't being fair? Don't you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:27-31 (TLB)

Carlos Xavier Soto Serrano is from Puerto Rico. Several years ago, he began to study the Bible by reading and memorizing passages. He tried to retain what he had read, but after a while he couldn't remember. He was frustrated because he felt that his efforts were in vain.

One day Carlos was watching a program about the Northern Fulmar, a marine bird found in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. Fulmars enjoy feeding on crustaceans, squid, jellyfish, and scraps generated by fishermen. When baby fulmars leave the nest, they are too heavy to fly, so they float on the water, taking time to digest and lose weight. But other marine life and fishermen take advantage of the situation and capture the vulnerable fulmar.

Carlos reflected on this story and thought of studying the Bible. Bible study is not about "filling up" on God's word until we can't absorb more information. Rather, it is about pondering God's word and allowing it to nurture us and shape our actions. When we allow God to renew our strength through scripture, we will soar like eagles. God wants us to experience the fullness of life, and scripture is our guide to finding God's purpose.

Prayer: Creator God, nurture us with your life changing word each day, and help us discern your will for us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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