On Thursday mornings we are exploring new ways of spending time with God through His Word using “The Joy of Seeking God First” by Anita Keagy. Since you may not be able to participate during the week, here are some points that may encourage and challenge you in your relationship with God.
If you remember back to when you met your husband or someone who is now a good friend, you can probably recall how you talked for hours to get to know each other – you really wanted to spend time and learn more about them! This is the kind of relationship building we can also do with God. He communicates who He is through His word and we can pick it up at any time to build and deepen our relationship!
Deuteronomy 4:29 says: "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul."
Reading the Bible does not have to be an assignment or obligation but rather it is an opportunity to know God more, to build closeness and to have the life He wants for us – and we want for ourselves! We need to do the seeking and God guarantees that we will find Him – He really wants a relationship with each of us!
Joshua 1:8 says: "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
Prosperity and success is not always measured in monetary or material ways but in terms of quality of life and the joy we feel on a day to day basis. What do we feel led to accomplish in our lives? What has God built into us? How can we be more successful in that? By spending time with God in His Word!
We all know that we are easily distracted and busyness creeps in to keep us from reading on a daily basis. The remarkable thing is – when we have the Bible, we hold in our hands the very thoughts of God – (Oswald Chambers). How can we not choose each day to make some time to sit with the Word and listen to what He wants to share with us?
Elizabeth Elliot said: We deceive ourselves if we claim to want to hear His voice but reject the primary channel through which it comes. We must read His Word. We must obey it. We must live it, which means rereading it throughout our lives.
So the bottom line is that we need to read the Bible daily in order to recharge, to hear truth and to soak up God’s love for us in order to go out and do all the busy things we have to do, to prosper at the things that are important. NOT to check something off our to-do list but to build a life-giving relationship with the God who loves us!
The Bible study we are doing has a 21 Day Challenge that I’d like to share with you. Grab a journal or notebook and read one chapter of the book of John each day for 21 days. Use the questions on the accompanying page you can find below to guide you – start with praying for God to show you what He wants to teach you about Himself.
If you accept this challenge and God speaks to you in special ways – please share it with us so we can rejoice in how God is at work!! And keep a lookout for our next Fun and Fellowship event. It´s such a great time to connect with old and new friends!