I sit here in my office, this last week of June. It is quiet at this time around here and a good time to read, listen, and reflect. Reading God’s Word, whether in the quiet of the morning, noon, or night is something we need to all value.
Often times we can rationalize away our regular times with the Lord.
“I have these ‘other things’ I have to do now.”
“I don’t feel like reading His Word today.”
“I have read the Bible many times before. I know it well.”
“I can’t seem to focus on or understand it.”
As your pastor, these excuses can at times, run through my mind as well. They can tempt me to lay aside what I know is best, for something less valuable. I then remind myself of Psalm 119:105 (NLT) Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
I am also reminded, we have an enemy and are in a battle; a spiritual battle. Let me say it this way; he would rather you not be in the Word of God! He would rather you not pray and seek God. In Ephesians 6, we are reminded to put on the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:13 (ESV) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Let me exhort you to not give up the discipline of seeking and listening to the Lord. Or for that matter, letting your guard down. Do not let the enemy convince you that you really don’t need to be in God’s Word and pray. I am convinced that most of our daily attitudes, outlook, and perspectives have to do with not living daily in the Word of God or seeking His face and listening to His voice. How do I know this? Your pastor is human as well.
Let me urge you, encourage you… seek God, listen to God, and obey God. You will find strength and perspective for each new day.
Walking with you,