Why I Write These:
These are written in honor of my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.
Godly thought of the day:
Acts 15:21 says: “For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”
Now, I need to keep processing this verse some. But on face value, this is an amazing statement by James! Because, if it means exactly what it means on face value, and I have no reason to think it doesn’t, then that means that the word of God has been going out regularly from the earliest times.
This would radically challenge the notion that non-Israelites hadn’t heard the truth of God’s word. It would not necessarily make Jews a proselytizing people, but it would mean that other cultures and peoples were hearing the word of God regularly and often for as long as is remembered by this point in the church in Acts. I just think this verse is one of those ones you can read right over, but as I pondered it really changes a lot of what I might think about how God’s word was spreading before Christ.
Which, is something I am fond to think of. To think that God, even before Christ, was pushing out his truth and word into cities. Now, we can also remember that saving power does not come through the name of Moses. Obviously his name did not draw a lot of converts to the nation. It simultaneously shows that God did demonstrate truth to people, but also highlights how it is only through the saving power of Christ’s name that the nations are finally all brought under one name.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Just getting to move Joy Hawkins out of her apartment. It is fun getting God’s people together and working on behalf of one another. Michael Gaddy, Justiss Tartaglia, Ellen Burns, and Shelby Moody were all there to help!
Hardest part of my day:
Probably just getting to see Sarah while her, myself, Courtney Osborne, Luke Stanton, and Gerald Drymon played Settlers of Catan while Talon Brandon fixed up a TV for their new apartment she is living in with Joy. It’s hard to be next to someone you feel strongly about and not be able to express that.
But that’s what the current situation calls for and I am content with that. I have to be patient and wait. I keep thinking of the Israelites next to the Red Sea and they’re scared and uncertain and wondering if they’ve made a mistake. Moses just says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14) That’s what he is asking me to do right now. I can’t toil my way to where I want to be. I can only acknowledge my King, pray “not my will, but yours”, and wait to see what he will do. That’s not easy, but I know it will be better no matter what happens.
Favorite moment of the day:
Just getting to rest the afternoon. I needed it. Good to get some long naps in. Always thankful to the Lord that he creates opportunities to rest.
What was the weather like today?:
Another fine day and it was a dandy to enjoy.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I was struggling a bit with just being tired and my thoughts were all over the place just wanting to seek comfort in many different forms. Luckily, the Lord fought through the haze and called my attention to him. But for some reason today, I just didn’t feel focused and I was having trouble keeping my focus. I think it was easier after I rested, so I think part of it was just being tired?
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 7-9
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today.
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
A slice of pizza and chips and queso. With some cake afterwards. I didn’t really eat a very normal schedule today.
Song of the day:
Before the Throne of God Above by Sojourn – It just came on and it feels like the right kind of prayer to end my day. It’s just what I need. A reminder that my eyes must be on the throne and that the Lord is the answer to my pleas.
Quote of the day:
“I didn’t say anything I didn’t believe, but it was still hard to teach it so officially.” — Michael Gaddy
It is an interesting thing to think about teaching in an official capacity at a church. It’s easy when people are asking you what you’re doing well, or just reaching out to natural relationships. But when you’re teaching people, some of whom likely don’t want to be told what you’re going to tell them then it can become a bit unnerving. Teaching the word of truth sometimes isn’t popular even within church walls. It’s something I hope I find myself ready for at some point.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, forgive me for my wandering thought and mind. My heart is prone to wander and leave the God I love. Keep it for yourself, Lord. Do not let me stray. Come seek me out and keep me firmly in the fold. I know that it is near you that true bliss is found. I am yours. You are the one who will inherit me. Lord, help me to rest trusting in you and your promises.