I enjoy doing the daily readings using several different versions. I find that it breaks me free from just rolling through the same verses year after year without thinking about it. Sometimes the word or phrase selected makes me question its accuracy and sends me back to the concordance. Often the new word or phrase stirs up new thoughts in my mind, and I am able to look at the word of God in a new light.
I’ve been reading the New Living Translation for a while and find it very helpful in books like the prophets to help what was written then apply to me now.
The verse that struck me recently was:
Isaiah 8:11-12 (NLT)
11) The LORD has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,
While it’s always an encouraging message for me to not “think like everyone else does,” I found it particularly insightful at this point in our history to hear the Bible say, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy”.
I feel that there are too many “conspiracy theories” circling our news feeds and too often I find brothers and sisters buying in.
To a hammer, everything is a nail. And often, to a Bible prophecy student, everything is related to prophecy. Blood moons, Red Heifers, Coronavirus, recession, and pretty much everything that President Trump does, is often pointed to as proof that some Bible prophecy is being fulfilled.
I believe in the Bible. I believe in Bible prophecy. AND I don’t want to get carried away with every conspiracy theory that comes along. I don’t believe that the two should ever be related.
There are some scary conspiracy theories going around with the specific intent of making you fearful.
The next verse in Isaiah tells us who we should fear.
Bro. Jeff Gelineau
Simi Hills, CA