Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Jan 1)

From Open Up Your Heart by jeff Syverson

January 1 

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalms 1:1-6 | Genesis 1:1 -2:25 | Matthew 1:1 – 2:12 | Proverbs 1:1-6

Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 1

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night (Psalm 1:1-2 NIV).

Remember the children’s story about the tortoise and the hare?  The “slow and steady” tortoise won the race. When it comes to reading the scripture the same principle is true. It is good to take it slow and meditate on the scripture. Notice that the blessing here is for the one who takes the time not only to read but also to meditate on the scripture all day long.

As we begin this year of reading the scripture together, let me encourage you not to just rush through the scriptures. Read them slowly and meditate on them. Open your heart as you read them to all that God has for you today. He always has a fresh word for each day if you take the time to listen.

As you read, meditate, and apply the Word of God to your life, as you delight in it, you will find the blessing described here. You will be like a well-watered tree: fruitful, growing and healthy. You will know that the Lord is watching over your way and directing your paths.

Don’t miss out on the blessing. Take it slow and steady. Meditate, listen, apply and obey. You will see the blessing of God in your life. You have His word on it.

Dear heavenly Father, teach me to read your word slowly, carefully and prayerfully. Teach me to meditate,  listen, apply, and obey. I open my heart to all that you would teach me today. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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