A month ago as I began writing curriculum and preparing myself for the class I will be teaching at church this fall I realized that I was not guarding my heart by allowing God to teach me His Word through His love. I was, instead, doing what I know best: Dividing the Word of truth through Word Study and assimilating doctrine on an as needed basis.
I have read just about every book and verse of the Bible in the context of Bible study, but not in the context of intimate relationship with my one and only God. I began to read Chapters of the Bible daily. Something I will not give up again. I mark out notes in the margin as I read and allow the truth to rumble around waking up dark and dusty corners of my heart. His Word is exposing the places I am negligent in my relationships and the places where I am vulnerable to attack.
When I think of all the time I missed spending with the Lord, I realize how it must have grieved God's heart to see me anxious about my daily living. How often I fretted over and tried to fix things that are way beyond my control. He watched me spiral into self-destruction and despair knowing that if I would only surrender my heart to Him fully that I would have all I need to not only endure the crises of my life but to overcome them in power and victory on a daily basis. Surrendering simply for the sake of Knowing Him and Being Known to Him - to be His, completely and fully free. Intimacy.
In both the Old and the New Testament we are admonished to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
What does that look like in your life?
For me it is taking a detour to read the book of Micah when I'm in the throws of discovering and savoring the truth of Isaiah just because the Lord told me to... It is talking it out with Him over the dishes in the evening - even if my family thinks I'm nuts. It is even laying aside my nervous, fretful, "do-it-myself" tendencies in favor of belief and faith in things I cannot even fathom much less see.
Intimacy. It is born out of time spent in the presence and company of someone we love and want to know more about. It is about giving our time, attention and devotion to God in an undivided fashion and allowing our other relationships to flow out of that one defining affection of our lives. Guard your hearts, ladies... It is the key to living life with great purpose in the fullness of relationship and truth!
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