Printed on Our Hearts

FAITH BOOSTER:

Printed on Our Hearts[Sept.14,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.Proverbs 7:3

Also Read Proverbs 7:1–5(NIV)

When Johannes Gutenberg combined the printing press with moveable type in 1450, he ushered in the era of mass communications in the West, spreading learning into new social realms. Literacy increased across the globe and new ideas produced rapid transformations in social and religious contexts. Gutenberg produced the first-ever printed version of the Bible. Prior to this, Bibles were painstakingly hand-copied, taking scribes up to a year to produce.

For centuries since, the printing press has provided people like you and me the privilege of direct access to Scripture. While we also have electronic versions available to us, many of us often hold a physical Bible in our hands because of his invention. What was once inaccessible given the sheer cost and time to have a Bible copied is readily at our fingertips today.

Having access to God’s truth is an amazing privilege. The writer of Proverbs indicates we should treat His instructions to us in the Scriptures as something to be cherished, as “the apple of [our] eye” (Proverbs 7:2) and to write His words of wisdom on “the tablet of [our] heart” (v. 3). As we seek to understand the Bible and live according to its wisdom, we, like scribes, are drawing God’s truth from our “fingers” down into our hearts, to be taken with us wherever we go.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How has having Scripture stored in your heart benefitted you?
  • How can you begin to internalize more of God’s wisdom?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Loving God, help me to know Your Word intimately that I might live in the way You desire.

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Friendly Fin

FAITH BOOSTER:

Friendly Fin [Sept.13,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9

Also Read Genesis 4:8–16(NIV)

A marine biologist was swimming near the Cook Islands in the South Pacific when a 50,000-pound humpback whale suddenly appeared and tucked her under its fin. The woman thought her life was over. But after swimming slowly in circles, the whale let her go. It’s then that the biologist saw a tiger shark leaving the area. The woman believes the whale had been protecting her—keeping her from danger.

In a world of danger, we’re called to watch out for others. But you might ask yourself, Should I really be expected to be responsible for someone else? Or in Cain’s words: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). The rest of the Old Testament resounds with the thunderous response: Yes! Just as Adam was to care for the garden, so Cain was to care for Abel. Israel was to keep watch over the vulnerable and care for the needy. Yet they did the opposite—exploiting the people, oppressing the poor, and abdicating the calling to love their neighbors as themselves (Isaiah 3:14–15).

Yet, in the Cain and Abel story, God continued to watch over Cain, even after he was sent away (Genesis 4:15–16). God did for Cain what Cain should have done for Abel. It’s a beautiful foreshadowing of what God in Jesus would come to do for us. Jesus keeps us in His care, and He empowers us to go and do likewise for others.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • Who has God entrusted to your care? How have you embraced that responsibility?
  • How have you tried to evade or avoid it?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Compassionate God, thank You for Your care for me. You keep me and watch over me. Help me to do the same for others.

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