For a long time, I felt that faith represented believing Christ would deliver me from my afflictions. I wanted Him to reach down and save me from my gloom and despair, and I thought knowing and believing He could do it was enough. I’ve changed my way of thinking…
I have recognized that faith isn’t solely about believing in God’s ability to rescue me. It is also about my action of standing firm in His will. Believing He will deliver me from my pain is only half the battle. I have to take responsibility to stand steadfast in faith. However, the ground is usually shaky. It is easy to teeter back and forth with fear of falling. There is no chance of rest when you are working overtime to balance. You have to have a solid foundation to support your faith.
It is important that our faith is supported by the word of God. We need to open up our Bibles and draw strength from the words poured on to each page. We must be diligent.
Learning to make a habit of reading our Bibles every day is as challenging as eating right, exercising, or even keeping up with the laundry… Mmm hmmm. (Sorry, the last example is for me. Okay, all three are for me…)
When you are diligent at reading the word of God, the benefits will nourish your soul and deliver the gift of true rest.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (N.K.J.V.)
If we do not read the word, we limit God speaking into our lives. I definitely do not want that. I need Him. My heart cries out for the life in His word. When my Bible takes priority in my life I have a vision of what true hope looks like.
Can you leave a comment and tell me what verse you read today? Let’s read together!