Can I show you one of my blessings…
That’s my house. I showed a picture of our house the other day on one of my Daily Devotions and some emailed and said, “Hey, that’s cool…I wondered what your house looked like.” So, I thought, I’ll throw up the same pic on my blog. So, I’m blessed. Are you? Do you have a roof over your head? Clothes on your back and a closet full at home? Do you have food to eat? Do you have transportation? I bet you, like me, answer “Yes” to all of those questions. And you know what? That means were blessed.
I like the old song “Count Your Many Blessings.” You know it? Count your blessings. Count them one by one. Count your many blessings…see what God has done. Count your many blessings…name them one by one. I know it’s not Thanksgiving (but it will be here before you know it), but I’m thankful today.
I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for the church I attend and all my brothers and sisters in Christ (our eternal family). I’m thankful for health. I’m thankful for the fact that Jesus loves me and I’m a joint-heir with Him. I’m thankful that my home is in heaven. I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who bears witness with my spirit at this very moment. I’m blessed! I bet you are too!
Can I show you another blessing?
That’s my Bible.
Are you thankful for your Bible? The Bible? Boy, I am! Thank you Lord for a road map for our lives. We are not left as orphans or without directions. Here’s another picture…
That’s a picture of a 1613 King James Bible. Did you know the English language was much different back then (almost 400 years ago)? Take a look at this description I saw in a museum in Jamestown.
The reason I share this with you is because of how the English looked in the original 1611 King James bible.
Notice how it says at the bottom of the picture: “Imprinted At London…1611.” This Bible is commonly called the “Authorized Version.” Here’s a closer picture so you can see the words more clearly.
Try to read that. Go ahead. Try. First sentence:
Perchance he will not mind me. Get that? Watch out for those extra “e’s.” Second sentence.
“Here’s neither bush nor shrub to bear off…”
We’ll stop there. Why? Because it’s almost impossible to read. What kind of spelling variations can you expect to find between your present edition of the KJV and the 1611 printing? Well, you’ll find those additional “e’s,” which were often found at the end of the words such as feare, darke, and beare. Also, double vowels were much more common than they are today. You would find mee, bee, and mooued instead of me, be and moved. Double consonants were also much more common. What would ranne, euill,and ftarres be according to present-day spelling? See if you can figure them out. The present-day spellings would be: ran, evil and stars.
So if someone tells you that they read nothing but the King James 1611, they are not telling you the truth. They are reading a more modern-day translation. In fact, the most used edition of the King James Bible, (which is often identified as plainly the King James Version here in the United States), closely follows the standard text of 1769, edited by Benjamin Blayney at Oxford.
Again…you wouldn’t want to sit down and read this would you?
Makes me “bugged-eyed.” So, I’m thankful for my Bible. I’m thankful that we have translators who used the Dead Sea Scrolls and over 5,300 manuscript copies of the New Testament to bring us bibles that we can understand and read today. Aren’t you? We’re blessed!!
Well, we’ve got some tough decisions to make as a country don’t we? Go to war with Syria or not? What should we do? Boy, I’ve been wrestling with this in my mind. Have you? Should we go to war with Syria because they are gassing their people with chemicals? There are so many thoughts on this. In fact, there are great arguments on both sides. It’s controversial to say the least.
I did have this thought. I heard one commentator on the news say, “We don’t have a choice. They’re killing children and we’ve got to stop it.” I thought to myself, “Wow, if that’s the case, some other country needs to start bombing us.” Why? We kill children every day. Almost 4,000 daily through abortion. I think about 400 children have died in Syria. We’ve got 10 times that who will die today in America. Just something to think about as you ponder and pray. Pray for our Senate and Congress and for President Obama.
As you know, I’m not a fan of Obama. I don’t like the fact that he does things like this in the Oval Office…
Yes, I’m old fashioned and my momma told me not to put my feet on the furniture. I certainly think that would hold true in the Oval Office. It’s reported that Ronald Reagan never even took his coat off in the Oval Office.
But, nonetheless, I don’t envy President Obama’s tenuous position. He’s between a rock and a hard place. He didn’t ask for this. It goes with the territory of every president. So, we should pray for him. And may I hasten to say…knowing that a president will likely face these kinds of decisions (whether or not to put our men and women in harm’s way), we better make sure we elect the person with the most integrity, wisdom, knowledge and savvy as possible. I believe the role of “Commander-in-Chief” is perhaps the greatest role and responsibility of an American president.
We’re blessed dear reader! We are blessed to live as free people in this nation. But, we are NOT God’s chosen people (as a nation). God has no obligation to protect America…just because we are Americans. I don’t believe in American elitism or exceptionalism. God loves us all… He sent Jesus to die for the world. He loves Americans, yes…but, he’s not obligated to save America. So, we’re blessed to live in America. We are blessed to be free. But, I’m convinced we have been blessed as a nation because we have sought the Lord and we, as a people, believe in “one nation under God…” If we continue to turn our back on God, then all bets are off. We are fair game for any nation to come against us. If God allowed His chosen to be taken into captivity by Assyria and Babylon to teach them a lesson, then we are certainly fair game for that same lesson.
So, I’m blessed. You’re blessed. We’re blessed. Let’s praise the Lord! If you don’t know Him, seek Him. He will be found. Pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders. Pray for our president. And while you are doing so…be thankful. 🙂