Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Over the past year, I have had the awesome opportunity to be in Bible study and fellowship with the women at Bayleaf Plantation, plus a few extra women who drive over to join us. Sometimes we are twenty strong, and other times there are only five of us who gather to hear God’s Word and message. Over the past year, two of our members have died, and we had to come together to say farewell to good friends who had gone home to be with Jesus.
Today we are celebrating the last day on our study “Jesus: From the Cradle to the Cross”. We’ve been tackling Jesus’ life for nine months. The exploration has led us into moments of sheer joy and intense sorrow. Each of us has grown in our knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
We’ve seen the importance of gathering together to examine God’s Word. Every book, chapter, and verse we studied offered us a course in problem solving and speculation. Jesus asked lots of questions. He told stories and spun them around real-life circumstances. There were times when we had to just sit and ponder some of His teachings. I think Jesus did it on purpose to get us to settle down, stop, and consider. He drove the “ifs” into our brain. And He managed to woo us with words of love and encouragement.
Over the course of our study, we had lots of questions. Some had answers. Others were hard questions that didn’t seem to have answers at all. Then there were questions we had to leave alone because we realized God’s wisdom needed to pour over us before we could understand. A lot of questions seem to ask us to wait or be still. Waiting is like silence. It’s hard. We also talked about how it seemed God never answered our questions or our prayers. But in the process of studying, we discovered He always answered our prayers, but maybe not like we wanted or thought. That brought up more questions. I’m sure Jesus smiles at us a lot.
God’s Word is powerful. If you are not in a Bible study group, please search one out. It is powerful to worship, praise, and study with believers.
Here’s a picture of my Bayleaf Ladies!!! Aren’t they precious?
May God bless you abundantly through His Word,