Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Facebook has an app called "On this day, God wants you to know..." to which a few of my FB friends have subscribed, so their little daily affirmations show up in my news feed from time to time.

And I have to be honest, it's a bit of a head-scratcher.

"On this day God wants you to know that if you could see with the eyes of God, this world would be filled with goodness. Goodness is within you and every living being. Let your goodness shine."


Or my personal favorite, the one where God wanted us to know a quote by Albert Einstein.


I'm not saying God can't use these words in some way to those who read them. I just can't help but think that if we want to know what God wants us to know today, we can know it. But it's not through some Facebook app--it's by simply opening up the Word of God (something that, I can say from personal experience, is lost on many, many, many a believer--it was lost on me for years).

What if you were to read a Proverb a day for a month? By the end of the month, you will have read through all of Proverbs. What if you were to read 5 Psalms a day (Just multiply the day of the month times 5 and then read 5 chapters)? You will have read through all of the Psalms in 30 days. For example, on February 7th, you'd read Proverbs 7, and Psalms 35-39. On February 20th, you'd read Proverbs 20, and Psalms 100-104.

And then we would know what God wants us to know on

Day 4: Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He answers him from His holy Heaven with the saving power of His right hand (Ps. 20:4). And Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you (Prov. 4:6).

and Day 14: I am always with You, God; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory. God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Ps. 73:23-24, 26). And He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge (Prov. 14:26).

and Day 21: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love (Ps. 103:8). And There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD (Prov. 21:30).

God can absolutely reveal truth through a daily devotion. But I think there's a fine line there, and we have to be careful to substitute warm and fuzzy (even spiritual) daily affirmations for the Word of God as our spiritual food--especially if there is no tie-in to Scripture. If we have time to read one of these, it's not much more time to just read a passage of Scripture.

So on this day, God wants you to know...
He speaks through His Word. And He wants us to read it!

1 comment:

  1. Very insightful!! I totally agree! It's almost like those lame daily horoscopes. Too bad there wasn't a daily devotion app for FB.