The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi: Beginning the Journey

The Rock, the Road and The Rabbi

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. — Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Before I (Kathie Lee) began my new job as co-host of the fourth hour of The Today Show in 2008, I felt the Lord tugging at my spirit with the words of Matthew 6:33: Kathie, seek first My kingdom and My righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I remember responding, “Lord, You know that’s what I am trying to do — put You and Your kingdom first in my life.”

Then I felt Him gently rebuke me: You’re not listening. I said to seek Me first!

“Lord,” I questioned, “do You mean first thing in the morning before anything else?” In my heart, I sensed His clear answer: Yes.

Wow. I already got up earlier than most — usually right before dawn. “Really, Lord?” I said. “Before I go into work?”

Yes. I felt Him tenderly remind me, As you begin your day, so goes your day.

So I began to wake up before 4:00 am and pray for an hour for my family members, friends, colleagues, world situations, and personal concerns. Then I would open the Bible and study God’s Word for an hour more, with my puppies and the birds outside my window as my only company.

This new discipline soon became the best part — and my favorite part — of the day. Changing my morning routine has changed my life. I began not only to study the Word but also to memorize as much as I could so that Scripture would become a living, breathing part of me. No textbook needed, no study guide necessary — just the pure, life-giving, sustaining Word of God settled deep in my soul.

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 18:30:

As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless.

Friends, this is either a fact or a lie. There is no middle ground. This is why I have grown so passionate about learning what the Bible really says. If I am going to base my life on something, it has to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me, God! But how can we live the truth if we don’t even know it?

The word truth occurs in the Bible over 200 times. God places immeasurable value in it, and He longs for each of us to seek it, find it, and apply it to our lives. All too often we are so overwhelmed by technology, our personal dramas, and our endless ambition that we neglect to study God’s Word. Imagine how it breaks the heart of our heavenly Father, who loves us, when He sees us putting our energy into everything but the one thing that can bring us life.

You have the exciting opportunity to discover the truth of the Bible and learn what many passages in the Bible really mean. You can experience the Rock (Jesus), the Road (the Holy Land), and the Rabbi (the Word of God) in a way you might not have done before. So come deeper as we explore the land of Israel and mine the treasures of God’s Word!

Adapted from The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, copyright Kathie Lee Gifford.

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Your Turn

How has your perspective on the value and relevance of God’s Word changed over the course of your life? What do you think brought about that change in perspective? How does time with God and His Word currently fit into your day? What attitude do you want to have in regard to spending time in prayer and studying the Bible? How is understanding the truth of God’s Word an important part of growing in your relationship with God? What needs to change in your life to make time with God more of a priority? Come share with us on our blog! ~ Devotionals Daily


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Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter and author. Though best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and currently acting as the three time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, she also is a NY Times bestselling author, hosts a podcast, performed and writes for Broadway, and devotes much of her time to charitable causes.

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