Thought for the Day – 28 April 2017

 

Thought for the Day

The Bible can be interesting or boring.  It all depends on the reason you are reading it.  I was introduced to the Bible by my grandmother when I was 5 years old. Yes, I had already started to school and I could read – thanks to both my mother and grandmother. After some coaxing  I agreed that I should read all of it.  It was a big family Bible, and I only had oil lamps to read by.

So I started and I  was proud of my progress – for a while. However, being a person who hadn’t learned when to skim or skip while reading, I struggled my way through, verse by verse. It took almost 6 months to finish reading – the first time.

But I hadn’t read the Bible until I was forced to. Later, in college, a required one-semester university course for engineering students was “A Survey of the Bible.” We were assigned to read a wide variety of selections throughout the Bible. They were checking our analytical ability. And, in reading that way, it opened my eyes. I was fascinated and amazed at so much of what I read!

I learned many impressive things about the Bible, including how it ranks right at the top among mankind’s greatest works of literature. Even in secular writing, the Bible is quoted, knowingly and unknowingly, far more than any other book. 

Also I came to appreciate the meaning of the Judeo-Christian heritage –  the profound influence the Bible has had on Western civilization. Today one can find whole books of quotes from many of America ‘s founding fathers stating their strong beliefs in the Bible.

That college class was the great turning point of my life. I soon began requesting publications that gave clear and wonderful explanations of virtually every subject and section of the Bible. A whole new world had opened up to me. I was discovering how valid and valuable the Scriptures are – how reliable and relevant they prove to everyday life. My perspective on everything changed –  and changed for the better.

Above all, I was not only learning about God, I was coming to know God in a real and personal way. From then on when I read the Bible, it was God talking to me; and I knew God heard me -even when I wasn’t talking! When was the last time you talked with our Father? Please don’t put it off.

 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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