Lately, I’ve been waking up a little earlier than usual to get my Bible reading and time with God in as I did at the beginning of the summer. I had a short lapse around the time I switched crews, and it so impacted my attitude!
Right now, I’ve found that I get up, and am completely focused, but by the end of the day, I’ve drifted off into negativity, selfishness, and dark thoughts that cloud my judgement. I’ve been working on brushing up Romans 12 and Psalm 121, because I’ve found that it helps to reflect on truth when I’m having a hard time just resting in God. I am by no means perfect, but I love how much scripture can just refresh and renew my thinking.
I’ve been going through the Old Testament reading plan for salt, and it has been endless stories of how God has revealed Himself to Israel, His unchanging character, and His fierce love that overcomes everything. I was thinking about how God has given us records of how Israel responded to Him- how much greater should our knowledge and love for Him be when He has impacted each of our lives enormously and directly? It isn’t just a book of stories. God wants to show up with all the force and power that He did to the Israelites… the real question is, do you want Him to?
I’ve heard people say “God doesn’t work that way” or even people dismissing God altogether, claiming that they would have to have a direct and life-changing experience to believe. It’s silly to try and tell the Creator of the Universe what He can or cannot accomplish, and even more ridiculous to claim that God hasn’t done His job, when you aren’t willing to concede to the possibility that He exists and just ask Him to reveal Himself. Seriously. Ask Him.
He wants to give You that life-changing experience and the joy of knowing there is something to live for, but if you don’t want to take hold of it… how is it God’s fault? By definition of God, that would make Him human and very much not God.
“18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
Just something I’ve been thinking about lately. I hope you all have a great week!