God's "Suitcase" for the Journey of Life
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:16-17)
“You put your suitcase in the car. Right, honey?” TJ’s mom asked as she pulled out of the driveway.
TJ was going to camp for the first time, and he was excited. “Yes!” he called from the back seat.
“Okay, just checking.” She smiled as she said it. For about a week, she had been packing TJ’s suitcase for camp. She kept it open in his room so that she could add necessary items as she thought of them. TJ did not really know what all was in there, but he did know she had been to Wal-Mart four times just to buy things for his trip!
TJ enjoyed his week at camp. But when he got home, he admitted to his mom that parts of his week had not been the best. “I got really hungry in the afternoons, Mom. I wanted to buy some snacks and souvenirs but didn’t have any cash!”
“Oh, TJ,” his mom replied. “I put your wallet in your suitcase. It had $30 in it for you to spend. Did you eat all the snacks I sent you?”
“What snacks?” TJ asked.
“Oh, honey. It was all in your suitcase. Did you even open it up?”
“Not really, Mom,” replied TJ. “I didn’t want to take the time. Were there clean clothes in there too?”
You might be thinking, TJ wasn’t very smart to keep his suitcase shut all week long!
But believe it or not, you make a similarly foolish choice when you choose not to open your Bible! Here’s why: You have probably heard people compare the Christian life to a journey. Throughout this "trip" you need encouragement, food and supplies for each day, wisdom in dealing with various situations, and correction when you are going the wrong way. God has packed everything you need into His Word, according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It is your “suitcase” for the “journey” of life. Just as it would be foolish to keep your suitcase shut during a trip to camp, it is also unwise to neglect (not pay attention to) God’s Word from day to day. And God promises that His Word can make you “perfect,” which means “complete.” All you need is all there for you in God's Word; you just have to open it.
God has packed into His Word everything you really need for life.
» Am I spending time in God’s Word every day to get what I need for my "journey" through life?
» When I am reading God's Word, am I looking for truths about Him?
Truth In Real Life
George Frederic Handel
“I should be sorry if I only entertained them [hearers]. I wish to make them better.”
Born on February 23, 1685, George Frideric Handel loved music from the earliest part of his life. As a child, he would sit at the church organ and create beautiful music to the surprise and delight of those who heard him.
Handel’s father, believing that music would not provide a worthwhile enough career for him, encouraged him to give up music and become a lawyer. But that isn’t what God had planned for him.
By the time Handel was in his twenties, he was the highest paid composer (music writer) in the entire world. He opened the famous Royal Academy of Music, and people flocked to hear his works performed.
Fame was not to last forever, though. Soon, there were newer and better composers; and people forgot about George Frederic Handel. He no longer had the money or praise of men, and he became very depressed over his life. His hands grew crippled, and no one came to hear him play anymore. He believed he was done.
Once again, God had other plans. He was not finished with Handel yet. One day, Handel received an important manuscript from a man named Charles Jennens. The text was written about Jesus Christ, and most of it was drawn directly out of the Bible.
On August 22, 1741, Handel locked himself in his house with Jennen’s manuscript and began writing music to go with its words. Twenty-three days later, he finished the most famous oratorio (a kind of musical) of all time. Handel’s Messiah is still performed today worldwide, especially around Christmastime. The Messiah includes the famous “Hallelujah Chorus,” for which audiences stand as a tradition to honor the God Whom it is about (“for the LORD God omnipotent reigneth!”).
Once again, Handel became famous, and still is famous today, although the experience humbled him.
God honors those who honor Him. Have you devoted all you have to His honor and glory rather than your own?
1 Corinthians 2:9 – Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.