“Arise, shake thyself from the dust, and put on thy beautiful garments. Remember it is sinful to doubt his Word wherein he has promised thee that thou shalt never perish. Let the eternal life within thee express itself in confident rejoicing.” – C. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
I had every intention of blogging today about my new discipline tool for the boys. But, again, that’s just not where my heart is. Maybe I will write about that next time.
Or maybe not. We’ll see.
No, today the Spirit is teaching me and it is fresh. Hot off the press.
Oh, how the Word of God speaks.
God speaks to His people through His Word. Period.
Think about that. The LIVING GOD will speak to YOU.
Why wouldn’t we pursue that like crazy?
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
This book is alive. It is sharp. It penetrates our soul. It judges our thoughts and attitudes. It addresses our hearts.
I think that’s my answer….Why wouldn’t we pursue His Word?
Because exposure can be a scary thing. And no one really likes to be exposed.
But listen, His grace abounds in that place of exposure.
Lately, my heart needs some addressing. And exposing.
On Tuesday, I was on the phone with my mentor. I was telling her how much I’ve struggled recently with the Mamaw situation. I shared how hard it has been to keep up with my “normal” life (that is relative) as a wife and mother of three and then add all that comes with a heightened situation of elderly care.
She asked, “Has something changed with you spiritually, Becky?”
I thought for a second.
No, nothing has changed spiritually.
And therein lies my problem.
Nothing has changed spiritually, but everything has changed circumstantially.
My external climate has elevated, but my spiritual climate has remained the same.
Do you see my problem? I haven’t gone backwards spiritually. But I haven’t pressed the gas either.
I’m like a parked car. When the car beside me pulls forward it gives the sensation of backward movement. I haven’t moved, but everything around me is pulling forward.
I must press in to Jesus. Rekindled a fresh intimacy.
And I use “intimacy” very intentionally here. This is what I need.
Intimacy: something of a personal or private nature
The Lord and I need a private place, just the two of us. To rekindle the flame. To ignite intimacy between the two of us.
Brent and I went overnight for our anniversary. We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast not far from our house. No one was there. No little boys. No other guests. No Inn keeper.
And no Internet.
The latter was the best of all.
As thankful as I am for the Internet, it can be such a distraction.
Isn’t it time to press forward? To separate ourselves from the hustle in order to pursue intimacy with the Lord?
A time to arise. To shake off the dust, as Spurgeon says.
If so, let us close our computers and open His love letter to us.
Don’t be afraid of what it will expose. Don’t be overwhelmed its volume.
He will meet you there.
Open the Word.
He is waiting.