A Love Letter?
I thought I would write a love letter today. It is not the romantic kind, but a God kind. You see, lately I have been a little absent. I checked out on writing, only writing a few posts or blogs every couple of months.
I want to tell you about how faithful God is even when were aren’t. We go about our day each and every day with a quick prayer or a quick devotional reading failing to stop and listen. “Be Still and Know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) is not a request, it is more like a command. How many times have I just occupied myself with everything but God’s word? He waits.
We pray when we are stressed out about test results or looming surgeries. We pray about one crisis or another. We pray over our children or safe travels. But do we sit and listen for His voice? “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Our “meals” these days are nothing like the ones way, way back when. Maybe a special celebration dinner can take over an hour, but our meals take less attention these days. Revelation 3:20 is talking about the kind of meal that takes hours because of the conversations that take place. It is the kind of conversation that is a give and take, getting to know each other more. That requires us to sit and listen. He waits.
We are an impatient people. We want what is immediate. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8) We are not like the Lord and thank the Lord He is not like us! God has a plan, and His timing is perfect. We may not like it because it requires patience, obedience, and perseverance. He waits.
There is a sentence at the end of each of my paragraphs. “He waits.” He does. He waits for us to seek Him, to listen to Him and sit with Him. It requires is to stop. Stop being busy, stop listening to everyone else, stop listening to ourselves and just sit with Him. He has chosen us, adopted us into His family, and we should choose Him. Sit with Him, reading His word, and listening to Him. Worshipping Him is an act of obedience. We need to tell Him how grateful we are for the breath we take. We need to express the desires of our heart to Him. We need to reach out and up to Him giving thanks, singing praises and loving Him more than we love ANYTHING else.
So, laying my phone down, opening my Bible up, and reading His word starts today. I praise Him for the freedom to worship openly. I will rest my burdens on Him. I will take those around me to the cross so that He can cover them in the blood of Christ. I will hold nothing back. I will be obedient in forgiving others for the hurt they have inflicted. I will pray for forgiveness for the hurt I might have inflected.
I will no keep Him waiting for long.
Laying down my distractions to focus on God