I use digital and print combinations of the Bible. I appreciate both and I simply love having a physical Bible (or several).
Recently I was flipping through my physical Bible looking up a passage and stopped on a couple of notes I had made in Lamentations not that long ago (2018). I was thankful I had dated them.
The relevance is more clear to me today and causes me to pray more fervently.
Her foes have become her masters;
her enemies are at ease.
The Lord has brought her grief
because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
captive before the foe. (Lam. 1:5)
And this note beside it: “American conservative church… We are in trouble and don’t see it.” (I would add “white” to that now.)
And this verse (speaking of Jerusalem and I still had the white American conservative church in mind):
Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
she did not consider her future.
Her fall was astounding;
there was none to comfort her.
“Look, Lord, on my affliction,
for the enemy has triumphed.” (Lam. 1:9)
And this note beside it: “Next 4-7 years/2020-2025/will mark a significant time”
All that was ahead at that point… and seeing some things unfold since… have left me thankful. I am thankful to cling to Christ. I am thankful to hear his voice. I am thankful to stay close to him. In times like these he is all I have and all I need and that is certainly enough.