The coolest thing about our God is that He is always there, and He is NOT dependent upon me for any of it. Seriously, I had this seemly silly realization this week: God is like the best friend who I can pick up a relationship with, no matter when we had last talked! I love my earthly best friend, and I love that our relationship doesn’t change even we haven’t talked for days, weeks, or months. The greatest thing is that the relationship we have with God is even more awesome than our best friend relationships! God and I can pick up our conversation and relationship if it has been minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, etc, and THAT IS SO AWESOME!
Now, you may think that this is not that big of a relationship, but let me give you the backstory to this realization. I have been in a bit of a bible-drought lately, and it hasn’t felt too good to be out of communication with my Heavenly Father. This past week, I finally got back into the Word and it felt great! God met me again in His word even though we hadn’t talked in a while.
I started reading the Psalms and in Matthew. Personally, I like to read something from both each day, but I read as little or as much as I want to. Some days, I still don’t open my bible and I am praying that the Lord draws me so close to Him that I go running to His Word like I run to my best friends or husband. Other days, I just get in a chapter or two, and feel satisfied to hear His word to start my day. When my day goes how I have planned it, I read a few psalms and a few chapters in the Gospel, while also taking time to intentionally pray with scripture. The best thing is that no matter when, where, or for however long I’m in the Word, HE MEETS ME THERE. I don’t have to bring perfect theology, hours of time, or even a settled heart to feel His love and be sustained through His word.
So go there. Be in His word. See Him. And feel your heart drawn to the one who has made ALL things possible.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22
PS Remember, we are righteous when we put our trust in Jesus, and then His righteousness extends to us! (2 Corinthians 5:21 says “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God”). It can be a confusing idea, but I’d love to articulate what I am learning if you are curious. Just send a comment or message my way!