Those of you with smartphones are familiar with the whole ‘there’s and app for that’ thing. One of my favorite apps is the bible app from Bible.com. This is an app developed by Lifechurch.tv and I highly recommend it. There have been over 143 million downloads of this app as of this post so it is a well-regarded app. It is a bible on your phone that you can choose the version, read multiple versions in parallel, highlight passages, bookmark references, etc. It is really neat.
Once the app is installed on your phone, there is a widget for it now available to be put on your phone screen. Now, a widget, is a little thing that kinda works like an app but not really. You don’t have to ‘start’ a widget. It is just there displaying something predetermined but it doesn’t use memory resources like a running app does. This widget, when placed on my screen will display my choice of the reading from a plan I have subscribed to, or a scripture for the day that is the same for everyone with that selected on their widget.
I happen to have my Bible widget set to display the scripture for today. It seems like every time I look at it, it happens to be displaying a scripture that has relevance, for me, at that time. Now, keep in mind, EVERYONE who has it set to show the scripture for the day is seeing the same scripture. How, then, can it have relevance to me EVERY day? One possibility is that that particular scripture is appointed specifically by God for me. But, if that is the case, the same scripture that is appointed, specifically, by God for me is also appointed, specifically, by God for everyone else as well. That sounds kinda crazy right?
The other possibility (and the more likely in my mind) is that there is relevance at all times for ANY scripture that is God-breathed. So, if I closed my eyes and opened my Bible to a random page and read the first verse that my eyes landed on, would it have relevance to me at that time? I would have to say yes. Will it be the kind of relevance that smacks you up side the head?…maybe not but it is still relevant at some level.
Today’s scripture is as follows…
Psalm 51:1-2 NASB
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
This one struck me in as much as it made me think how we tend to not give as much weight to how gracious God is to us. If we are not currently feeling any sort of discomfort, we tend to forget that repercussions from our actions ARE coming. When scripture says that He is faithful and just, it’s the ‘just’ part that should concern us. He WILL forgive us and no longer hold our sin against us but we still have to deal with the consequences brought on by our actions.
Now, God can minimize those consequences…He can even make those consequences disappear. It all is according to His will. He promises us that He will forgive but He also promises to do what is best for us…and what is best for us may be having to deal with these consequences. As much as I hate to admit it, when the lesson is delivered through some kind of discomfort, it sinks in more.
Anyway, that is what God gave to me today and I figured someone may be out there that might identify with it, so I posted it.
I highly encourage you to download the Bible app. You won’t regret it I don’t think.