The treasure of the written word.
I just came across a journal entry I made 3.5 years ago. The topic was three positive changes I was committed to making that could help me live a more balanced, values-based life.
What gripped me the most today, Lord? The obvious and deep wisdom that was apparent in this 3.5-year-old list? Or the fact that these same needs are still present, needing more of my attention and Your direction?
The three items were: 1) study and seek counsel about my authority over the enemy’s activity in my (and my family’s) life; 2) reinstate the discipline of Scripture memorization; and 3) reduce wasted time.
I was tempted at first to feel a sense of grief, as I asked myself, “Why are these still on my list, unfulfilled?” Then I realized how very far You have brought me, Lord, from the place I was 3.5 years ago — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And my momentary grief turned into overflowing joy!
“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His dwelling place.” (1 Chronicles 16:25-27)
It occurs to me now that these three positive changes will be worth pursuing for the rest of my one-and-only life. And, that these three are inextricably intertwined — by definition, they affect each other.
The answer to my study about authority (#1) is found in Your Word (#2). How can I consider either of these if I don’t make better use of my time (#3)? But is this a “chicken or egg” scenario? To what extent is my wasted time (#3) a function of my lack of understanding or proper assumption of my spiritual authority (#1)?
“… if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Open the eys of my heart, Lord. I want to see You….
Going deeper, to rise higher…