Wednesday: Psalm 119.161-178; Numbers 32.16-33; Hebrews 13.1-6

From: Caroline Dixon

In Hebrews 13.5-6, the writer of Hebrews uses familiar scripture to reinforce his point to lean fully on the Lord. In verse 5, he cites a verse from Joshua; in verse 6, a Psalm. The inclusion of familiar verses serves to strengthen the writer's sentiment. The writer is not alone in commanding the brethren to be content and confident in the Lord; there are fathers of the faith standing alongside, 

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, 
being content with what you have; 
for he himself has said,
"I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, 
NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"
so that we confidently say,
"THE LORD IS MY HELPER, 
I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.
WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?"

When I read this passage, I hear the Joshua quote ("I will never desert you...") in my mother's voice; this is a favorite of hers, and I have heard it from her many times. I smile when I read it. I feel warm. I am comforted. I trust the words, because they are familiar and solid and real and true. I know that the God of the whole universe will not leave me nor forsake me; he loves me; his love is secure and safe and forever. I learned this truth from my mother, who learned from the writer to the Hebrews (or a Psalmist directly), who learned from a Psalmist. 

I am immensely comforted to know that Christians for all ages have been quoting scripture to each other as encouragement. So, may God bless you, today, and keep you. Even this moment, put your trust in him, not money nor humanity. He knows how we struggle the same struggle that his children have faced generation to generation, and he remains our refuge and true helper. 

"THAT WHICH HAS BEEN DONE
     IS THAT WHICH WILL BE DONE.  
SO THERE IS NOTHING NEW
     UNDER THE SUN"  Ecclesiastes 1:9b

(...That's me quoting scripture to you!)

I am watching Game 7 with my roommate, who went to school in Chicago. By the time you read this, you'll know what happens! I grew up a Christian child on the North Shore and live now as a Christian adult on the North Shore, but my path from A to B took me through peaks and valleys of faith, from Boston to New York City and back, from the classroom to the conference room and back and back. CotC became my spiritual home seven years ago—yay!