Since December has 31 days, I suppose that would make midnight tonight the halfway point of my GERM adventure. So far I’ve figured out a few things.
1. I quite like doing my devotions in the middle of the day. I would always do them at night because I used to be a night owl, but now that I don’t stay up ’til 1:00 every night, I like being able to just go to bed when I feel like it without worrying about my devotions being an afterthought at the end of the day.
2. This whole “blogging my devotions” thing has helped me see some of the passages in a unique light. When I chose them the night before, I often have an idea of what I will write about, but many times, something else comes out when I sit down to write.
3. Blogging every day in busy December is stressful! Who’s idea was this anyway? 😉
4. The GERM method will likely stick with me for quite a while. I’m enjoying looking at the Bible from the angle of looking at Jesus first and then relating the rest of the Bible to Him. I’ve heard so often how the Old Testament points to Jesus and the New Testament teaches us how to follow Him, but when I look at Jesus first, it has made me look at things from the angle of Jesus makes the Bible make sense rather than the Bible making Jesus make sense. If that makes any sense… at all…
With that, I will just add a brief note on today’s passages.
G – Gospel: Luke 5:12-16
As a companion to the story about the woman with the blood disorder, I thought of this man who suffered with leprosy. He too was unclean and had to live in a designated area. He asked Jesus to heal him, but there was just as much faith in his cleansing as there was in the woman’s. The one thing that was different was the opportunity for Jesus to show Himself different from so many others. Most Jews would never dream of willingly touching someone with leprosy, but Jesus didn’t even hesitate.
E – Encourage: Romans 3:27-31
One thing that is neat to see is how Jesus didn’t claim to replace the Law given through Moses. Paul was saying the same thing to the church in Rome which would have been made up of both Jews and Gentiles. The Gentiles did not need to start following the Law in order to be saved, because faith did all the work. But just the same, the Jews did not need to discard the Law to follow faith alone, because the Law pointed to the object of faith.
R – Reflect: What does this mean for me?
As a Gentile myself, I don’t have as much of the background knowledge of how the Law points to Jesus and how He fulfills it, but I do know what it is to be made clean. Jesus came down into the dirt and disease of this sinful world and willingly touched me just because I asked Him to.
M – Meet: Here at the midpoint of the buildup to Christmas, I want to pray for those who are stressed and overloaded. For some that may be due to their work while others have major pressure at home. I have heard that a rare breed of person exists who plans for Christmas well in advance and has no stress to deal with. I’m not one of them, and I know many people who aren’t.
Passages for tomorrow: Matthew 6:25-34 and I Kings 10:1-13/Genesis 16