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Thursday, March 25

Contributed by Mavis Ho

Psalm 119:9-16

“I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.


The first bible verse that I memorised as a child was Matthew 6:9-13 (the
Lord’s Prayer), I did not understand what the words meant but in my young
mind these were “Holy” words. These verses were the anchor for my soul
through anxious and fearful times, periods of doubt in my teenage years and
continue to sustain me through trials and tribulations in adulthood.
I used to think that I was not clever nor pious enough to study God’s word and
felt it did not apply to my life. As I learned to pray, meditate, and ponder upon
His words, I felt a desire to live differently. Timothy Keller wrote “If you don’t
trust the Bible enough to let it challenge and correct your thinking, how could
you ever have a personal relationship with God?”.
Today, the Bible is available at the touch of a fingertip, but so are numerous
false promises of quick fixes and instant gratification. Technology and
consumerism have given rise to various social media platforms like Facebook,
Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Tik Tok, Twitter and so on. Indeed, it all
seems innocuous enough and yet the lines between deception and
authenticity are blurrier than ever.
The faces of temptation may change, but God’s Word is always constant and
abiding. His promises that we will not be tempted beyond what we can bear
and will provide a way out for us remain true. Even when Jesus was tempted
in the desert, he turned to the scriptures “that man does not live on bread
alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”
(Deuteronomy 8:3).
What is your attitude towards reading the Bible today? In this season of Lent,
what practical steps are you taking to pattern your life after God’s Word?

Our Heavenly Father nourish me with your Holy Word so that I am reminded
of your Spirit living in me. Give me the strength and wisdom to live my life
according to your will. Amen

Mavis Ho is Executive Assistant to the Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall. She is a member of the
Fraserlands Alliance Church in Vancouver and has admittedly developed a soft spot for
Presbyterians.