Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 28, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 57

We have made it to the last chapter of the book of Isaiah, today we are reading Isaiah 66. I will be concentrating on verse 2 as I go through my day.

 “All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word.”

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We recently lost, on this earth, a man who exemplified the spirit of this verse…the Reverend Billy Graham. Billy Graham was a Bible believing teacher and I read something this morning that I believe speaks to who he was. And it inspires me to seek the attributes found in this verse and in the life of Reverend Graham.

Billy Graham — Character Matters

This will be said many times in the days to come: few Christians have had a larger impact on the world than evangelist Billy Graham—in all of history. He will be remembered for his character, his accomplishments, and his amazing connections with global leaders over many decades. We will also remember him for his words—and perhaps one phrase that he never tired of repeating: “The Bible says…”

In an age when people were suspicious of “Bible-thumpers,” most people never thought of Billy Graham in that way because Billy Graham did not use the Bible as a weapon or a tool of domination. He did not proffer an exotic personal interpretation. His explanations of the Bible were not cliche or elitist.

When Billy Graham said “The Bible says” it was like watching an eagle catching an updraft with outstretched wings. He invited us to be borne up and carried along by the truth of Scripture. He also brought the truth of Scripture to us as a healing ointment and as a stinging antiseptic.

Most important, when Billy Graham said “The Bible says” he was letting the world know: This is not about me. I am nothing but a desperate sinner like everyone else. I would have no hope without God’s promises.

This, of course, was what gave Billy Graham that rarest of qualities these days for leaders: trustworthiness. He was voted “most admired” man by many polls for many years because we are all looking so desperately for that person who really is without guile—who is genuinely humble, grateful, and reverent.

Though Billy Graham repeated “the Bible says” over and over, we always knew he did not worship the Book. People did not accuse him of “bibliolatry.” What came through was his reverence for God the Father, submission to Jesus, and a wide-eyed expectancy of what the Holy Spirit would do next in a stadium, or through television waves, or within a youth movement.

“The Bible says” means “God says.” Billy Graham knew there was nothing more important.

https://www.thebrooknetwork.org/2018/02/21/on-billy-graham/

 

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