A Swift, Sharp Affliction

“As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” - Proverbs 26.2

How many kinds of birds have you seen lately?  Can we think of times in the Bible when birds are mentioned?

Have we ever thought about how birds wander from place to place all day long?  And sometimes we see birds flying and we never really know “where in the world” they land!  What is interesting is this: Birds never just come and land on us!

...to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

(Based on 1 Timothy 1.15)

What sort of sinner am I?

The Apostle Paul makes it very clear what he thought of himself... He saw himself as the “chief” of sinners. Do we know why?  Not completely, but Paul does tell us how he fought against God and persecuted those who had trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour.  It may not seem that Paul was “as bad as some”, but he certainly knew he was without Christ having no hope, and without God – dead in trespasses and sins! (Ephesians 2.12 and verse 1)

God's Workman

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2.15

Sometimes we think of study as a BAD THING  –  BUT it’s NOT!!!

Sure... study does mean “to make (an) effort” and to “be diligent”, but those are the sorts of desires, gifts and abilities the Lord gives us... when we become a born again Christian – Amen!

The desire - to know things about the Lord and the Bible that we never knew before!  “Thy words were found, and i did eat them;” (Jeremiah 15.16)