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They’re Not Old Pictures

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Technical difficulties kept me from posting earlier today, but better late than never, right? 🙂 Oh well–forces you to slow down a bit, which is a good thing. I’ll make this short and hopefully sweet.

I remember years ago while still in Alaska, I worked in a building that had many pictures from long ago, from before Alaska was a state. They lined the walls of a long hallway and other public spaces. I suspect most people paid little attention to them, but they fascinated me.

Each one captured people at a moment in time. They built, they worked, they met, they lived their lives. Some days were probably mundane while others were breathtaking at their excitement.

I think sometimes we can look at the Bible like those old pictures. It contains people we don’t know of a different culture and time, but if we had someone to guide us, we could understand better. For someone who was there or who has studied those old pictures of Alaska’s beginnings, I’m sure they could tell you some amazing stories and share some incredible wisdom–both from the successes and the mistakes of those represented.

This is where the Holy Spirit is so invaluable. He can turn dusty old text of places we’ve never been into life-giving promises and hope for tomorrow. We can study for ourselves and gain many valuable insights, but the most life-changing resource we have is dwelling right inside of us.

Second, we have men and women who have done the work to study the words, origins, cultures, and nuances of biblical people and texts to provide wonderful insights.

The Bible is not just an interesting snapshot. It means so much for us today if we choose to listen and look with hearts awakened and spirits in tune with His Spirit.

Do good to your servant, and I will live;
I will obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law. –Psalm 119:17-18

Remember in Revelation, those who overcome do so by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11). That’s not just your personal experience of God, the entire Bible is your testimony. It’s the account of God’s dealing with humanity.

Every believer’s victory in that book is yours too.

No, these words are not just some dusty old pictures. They are spirit and life. Living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. That’s your testimony.

What are your thoughts? Is this encouraging to you as it is to me?

6 Comments

  1. I never really thought of the Revelation verse like that but it definitely makes sense. What a powerful thing to claim as a testimony. Thanks for a fresh perspective.
    Philip recently posted..Album Review: Joseph “I’m Alone, No You’re Not”My Profile

    • I stole that from Robert Morris’ study, but it is good, isn’t it? 🙂 makes you realize there’s a lot more available. Thanks Philip.

  2. “Every believer’s victory in that book is yours, too.”
    That sentence is a powerful eye-opener, Jason. The Bible does speak to us today in mighty ways when we let the Holy Spirit guide us in understanding.
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Slip-Sliding AwayMy Profile

    • And powerful to think of it in the reverse as well, that our victories are their victories too. That cloud of witnesses is cheering us on because it’s the same faith, the same grace, the same promise. The breakthroughs we see also belong to those who laid the foundation and those coming after us will live in greater breakthroughs because of ours. So amazing! Thank you, Martha. I’m all stirred up now. 🙂

  3. I’m with you on this, Jason. Humanity doesn’t change, warts and all, which is why God’s word is even more compelling today than when He arranged the words in the hearts of men.

    You’re not alone in the pondering of old pictures. I’ll bet more than a few books have been inspired by them!

    • Yes, it’s so interesting to consider these people and their lives, but to have more than speculation, to have someone who can allow you to experience what they lived to any degree--that’s so amazing. Thank you, Floyd.

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