“Cast all your cares on him.” “Love the Lord with all your heart.” “I can do all things . . . .” Most would be surprised at how often the word “all” appears in the Bible—literally thousands of times. And with each description of God’s comprehensive promises, each reminder of our complete blessing in Christ, each appeal for our full and total surrender, His reputation grows larger before our eyes. We see again what He can do. We see again who we can be.
Based on the Bible’s sizeable emphasis on this tiny yet powerful word “all,” best-selling author and pastor Robert J. Morgan has created a remarkable 365-day spiritual growth experience in his new devotional, All to Jesus: A Year of Devotions (B&H Books, October 2012). A choice sampling of the Bible’s most “all”-encompassing statements, All to Jesus will surround believers each day with inspiring stories, personal reflections and the encouraging assurance that they are cared for in ways they never imagined.
Despite decades of preaching experience, it was just a few years ago that Robert J. Morgan, well-known author of 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart and Then Sings My Soul, began to note the magnitude and frequent use of the word “all” in the Bible. Upon closer inspection, he discovered that it amplifies many of God’s greatest truths, commands and promises nearly six thousand times, proving itself to be one of God’s favorite words.
“Looking up the word in a concordance, I was amazed to find 5,675 “alls” in the Bible,” writes Morgan. “The frequency of this word in Scripture speaks to the all-sufficient grace of our Almighty Savior. It highlights the infinite omniqualities of God, and the complete devotion we should afford Him. He is the Lord of All, our All-in-All, our Almighty God, our All-Sufficient Savior from whom All blessings flow; and He is All we need. “All” is the largest little word in the world, taking already strong statements and broadening their applications to virtual infinity, which, after all, is what one would expect from an omnipotent Father.”
Derived from the pages of real life and a pastor’s heart, each daily reading meets readers in an ever-deeper place, revealing God’s immeasurable power and keen attention to the smallest detail. Truly, He is all we need. All year long.
Robert J. Morgan is a best-selling, Gold Medallion Award-winning author whose books include Then Sings My Soul, The Red Sea Rules, and The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible. He has also served as pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, for three decades. Morgan and his wife have three daughters and ten grandchildren.
I love devotional books, and often read through several different ones at the same time. It amazes me how many times the "word" or focus for the day is exactly the treasure or inspiration that I need for that particular day.
In this great little devotional book, Robert J. Morgan has focused on one tiny little word that is found many, many times in the scriptures. It is amazing to think that this one little word was the inspiration for this diverse collection of deep and inspirational thoughts.
It is good to be reminded about ALL the blessings and promises of God. Sometimes it's good to look at scriptures a little differently, and Robert Morgan definitely accomplishes this. I found some of the verses and reflections spoke to me in ways I've never thought of before.
I thought this book would be a perfect gift for my Mom, but I selfishly don't want to share this one. Mom is a huge fan of the "Then Sings My Soul" books, also by Robert Morgan, and I thought she would enjoy reading this devotional. But I don't want to give it to her just yet. I want to keep it ALL to myself, at least until next year.
I highly recommend this devotional, and it would make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list.
Disclosure: Ebook received through B&B Media Group in exchange for my honest review.