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Just a Minute

Just a Minute is a collection of brief but meaningful meditations on Scripture. BJU Press has published a book by the same name with 96 of these devotional articles. Each chapter focuses on a Scripture verse or two, blending key facts about context with meditations on the truth of the passage. Find out how taking just a minute each day can change your life!
If you are interested, you can purchase Just A Minute, containing the first 96 printed articles.

Good Ignorance (Just A Minute #106)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)

One of the first lessons God teaches man in the Bible is that there are things he is not supposed to understand.

Planted before the first man and woman was a live reminder that some things were meant to be in sight but out of reach. In other words, it is correct for them to exist before us, but not for us to comprehend. Unfathomable information was in fact available to Adam and Eve. They had the capacity to access the knowledge, but only by violating the command and desire of their loving Creator.

Read more: Good Ignorance (Just A Minute #106)

Turning to the Wall (Just A Minute #105)

Andy Bonikowsky
Written by Andy Bonikowsky

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD. (Isaiah 38:1-2)

This reaction to bad news is unique in the Bible--not the praying part, but the turning to the wall.

Hezekiah had just received the terrible message from the prophet. Coming from God's man, the announcement of impending death could hardly be doubted. There was no chance of questioning a doctor's diagnosis or some family member's interpretation of symptoms.

He was going to die.

Read more: Turning to the Wall (Just A Minute #105)