Saturday, November 25, 2023

de Dietrich: ready to obey

Saturday, November 25, 2023
    Commemoration of Katherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
    “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
    —Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NIV)
    The Bible tells us very clearly that to “know” God is not an affair of the mind only, but an act in which our whole being, heart, mind, and will, is vitally engaged; so that sheer intellectual speculation would enable us to form certain ideas about God but never to “know” Him. To be grasped, God’s will must be met with a readiness to obey.
    ... Suzanne de Diétrich (1891-1981), Discovering the Bible [1953], Coonoor, Nilgiris [India]: India Sunday School Union, 1952, p. 34 (see the book)
    See also Jer. 31:33-34; Ps. 22:27-31; Pr. 1:7; Isa. 11:9; Hos. 6:6; Hab. 2:14; John 17:3; Rom. 6:16-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people are ready to obey Your leading.
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