Thursday 13 June 2019
The Daily Faith Builder will resume on Monday 1 July. I’m on vacation 14-29 June. See you on 4th of July Sunday!
 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7
 
The fear of which Solomon speaks is not terrifying fear. Biblical fear is being amazed and awestruck by God’s greatness. When we are awestruck and amazed by God’s greatness, we discover how much we do not know, how much we do not understand and how much we have yet to learn. How humbling! Are you amazed and awed by God’s greatness? Then you are growing in knowledge and wisdom. The growth process is long and slow. Thankfully our patient, gracious and forgiving God walks with us, enabling our knowledge and wisdom to grow.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Wednesday 12 June 2019
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands. – Psalm 119:176
 
At the end of a 176-verse prayer throughout which the Psalmist declares love for the Lord and God’s law, the closing sentence is “I have strayed like a lost sheep.” We have a love for Jesus. We love God’s word. We are working to love our neighbor as ourselves. We remember God’s commands. And we can pray “I have strayed like a lost sheep.” The more deeply we love Jesus, the more earnestly we love God’s word, and the more faithfully we love others, the easier it is for us to see where we have strayed. Thanks be to God that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, comes every day to find us.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 11 June 2019
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. – Psalm 119:140
 
One of my favorite cooking shows is “America’s Test Kitchen” on CPTV. Julia and Bridget test recipes so that when I cook them (were I to cook them) they would already be successful and delicious. God’s promises have been proven on the “test kitchen” of humanity. God’s promises of unconditional love, forgiveness, freedom, and everlasting life have been tested on person after person from generation to generation. And God’s great promises have proven themselves reliable because God is reliable. Whatever is going on in your life today, lean on Jesus, whose promises are thoroughly tested and perfectly reliable.
 
Affectionately,
Ric