Tuesday, February 5, 2019
God is Speaking
Job 16:18-21 (MSG)
"O Earth, don't cover up the wrong done to me!
Don't muffle my cry!
There must be Someone in heaven who knows the truth about me,
in highest heaven, some Attorney who can clear my name -
My Champion, my Friend,
while I'm weeping my eyes out before God.
I appeal to the One who represents mortals before God
as a neighbor stands up for a neighbor."
My daily Bible reading on Thursday of last week is from the Book of Job. As I read, the verses above jump out to me as never before. How could I have not seen them for what they are in all the previous years I've read the Bible all the way through?
How could I have missed out on this most powerful prophecy? This most convicting and enlightening promise of the Lord's entering into the world by way of Christ Jesus, the only One who represents mortals before God?
I've heard it said that we can encounter the same scripture, time after time, and yet, depending on where we are on our spiritual journey, those words will speak to our hearts with a fresh, new meaning. Presenting us with revelations and realizations we neither anticipate nor imagine.
I think, in this incident, God is sending me a wake-up call.
His Word is perpetually alive, vibrant and life-changing. But how am I paying attention to the message? Am I fully engaged in the daily readings, or haphazardly going through the motions of checking Bible study off my to-do list? The former is, hands down, preferable to the latter!
And this time, as I'm perusing the Book of Job, I am aware that I am fully present. Taking my time as I read and reread, savoring the words and their meanings for my life. I'm in no hurry. There is no agenda outside of what God wills.
I want to hear God speaking.
And He does, loud and clear!
How can I be anything but thankful for that?
So my prayer today, for all of us, is to never read the Bible casually, but with intensity, open to any revelation God might share through His Word. It is our expectancy, our longing, our hope, and our faith that, when combined with humility, allows God's truth to speak to our hearts and our souls.
I know I want to hear from Him.
Again and again.
How about you?
Once again, I'm taking a short break from blogging, i.e., there won't be a post this coming Friday, but I will be back here on the following Tuesday. I will be paying my mother a long overdue visit, and as most of you know, she lives in the land of No Computers. So have a wonderful week, and I'll see y'all soon!
And always, love and blessings!
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