|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “The one who walks with the wise will become wise …” Proverbs 13:20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Surround yourself with the thoughts of the wise”
Leighton Ford was the brother-in-law of Billy Graham. He worked with Billy for a long time in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, but he also had a wide-ranging and successful ministry of his own through Leighton Ford Ministries. He was also a successful author.
Speaking of his own devotional life Leighton once said, “I surround myself with the thoughts of those who have thought much about God.” What he meant was that throughout the ages of Christian history there have always been men and women who had spent long years, decades, and entire lifetimes, thinking about God, studying His Word, praying, and seeking to know Him better. They were men and women who, like King David, were after God’s own heart.
We can learn much from people like that. When a man or woman of God has spent decades of their life thinking deeply about God – seeking Him, learning, growing, and experiencing God in deep and profound ways, they have much to share with the rest of us. This is what Leighton Ford was referring to.
Without question, the primary and most important way we learn about God and grow in our relationship with Him is through our personal study of the Bible. The Bible is God’s primary means of communicating with us. But the second most important way we learn about God is from others. That’s why we listen to sermons, participate in group Bible studies, and sing songs about God and to God that were written by others. It’s why we read books and magazine articles and daily devotional messages. When we do so, we’re surrounding ourselves – immersing ourselves, in the thoughts of those who have thought much about God.
All this month I want to share with you what I consider to be great thoughts from great Christians. These are nuggets of spiritual wisdom that I’ve come across in my own years of seeking and study which have spoken powerfully to me and which I have found to be insightful and helpful. Many of the thoughts come from relatively modern Christian men and women from the last couple of hundred years. Others are ancient, even thousands of years old. But they all have one thing in common – they are great thoughts from great Christians.
Let’s spend the month together surrounding ourselves with the thoughts of those who have thought much about God.
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