This blog has been rather silent lately. The last few months have been a time of quietness and drawing closer to God in as much stillness as life would allow. It’s been a truly humbling time. Many life issues have come and gone. Some were handled well. Some were not.
I felt as if my life was moving off center. Suddenly it was as if my Savior placed His hand on my shoulder and gently told me to sit down. I was looking to others for approval and affirmation. My feet were on shaky ground.
But, now as time has passed, I feel myself getting full. There are many devotionals rolling through my head. In everything I do I see God’s fingerprints. Everything I hear brings a message from the Father. He has been teaching me something in practically every moment of the day. I’m on the verge of overflow and trying to carve out time to write.
“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me in your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for I wait all the day long.” ~Psalm 25:4 &5
I often hear young women say, “I don’t know how to cook.”
My response is always the same. I look into their sweet, youthful eyes and ask, “Do you know how to read?”
Then with a puzzled expression I get reassurance that they, of course, can read. I reply, “then you can cook.”
It really is that simple. Basic cooking requires only that you can accurately read the recipe and follow the directions.
My daily Bible reading brought me to the opening scripture the other day. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think of that cooking conversation. It was fresh in my mind because I had very recently had that exact conversation with a young single friend.
As I meditated on those verses, they began to unpack themselves before my eyes.
Knowing God, knowing His will, His ways, really is simple.
Do you want to know God? Do you know how to read?
Read His Word. We see that in verse four. “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.”
But…isn’t it funny how often we come across the word “but” in declarative statements?!
But, the whole truth is that just being able to read a recipe will never instantly transform you into a GOOD cook.
That takes time, effort, experience, and desire.
We can say the same about really knowing God…intimately knowing God.
It takes time, effort, experience, and desire.
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
Sweet friends, I’m pressing into my relationship with the Lord!
I’m stepping beyond just reading His Word.
Let’s put in the effort, gain the experience, and deepen our desire for Him!
During this crazy, busy season of the year, among all the sports, concerts, recitals, plays, spring cleaning, and outdoor work, let’s wait on Him all day long.
He is our salvation.