Saturday, February 25, 2012

Reflections on Bible Study

Sitting here thinking and wanting to write. Even though it's late and I should be in bed.

We have been studying the women of the Bible in the Wednesday night Bible studies. It's been really good to go over these passages again. I have not studied them for a while. The things we have been learning have been refreshing. Lately there has been a lot about prayer.

One of the things I have noticed with the stories of women such as Esther, and Ruth, and Hannah is the providence and planning of God behind the scenes. If Esther had played it safe, and had not entered the presence of the king, risking her own life, someone else would have been chosen to save the Jewish people. If Ruth had gone to another field, she would not have met her kinsman-redeemer. If Hannah had given up asking God for a son, she would not have been given Samuel. How could Esther know the outcome of her step into the king's court? How could Ruth have found the right field? How could Hannah, seemingly forgotten, keep persisting? These and so many other instances recounted in these stories show us a picture of an all-knowing God. One who is not going to forget His children. One who "knows the plans (he) has for us," even when we don't see those plans.

Just some thoughts I had this week.

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