I’ve been attending a ladies Bible study at our church for the past few years and I’m always amazed at what I learn. Each study seems to meet me where I am at that very moment and speaks truth that calls me forward. Right now I’m learning about the power of Holy Spirit inside me. Previous studies have equipped me with the armor of God, exposed my hidden idols, and taught me the importance of my secret place with God.
He uses each study to speak directly to my heart. All I do is put myself in a position to hear.
A friend of mine was recently lamenting her response to the material. She said, “Shouldn’t I already know this? It seems so basic.” (You were wondering when you’d make an appearance my friend. Here it is) Maybe you did know it; it just lost its surprise, its wonder, its significance. But also, it can be a tactic of our enemy to try to shame us into turning around, looking away, or at least not moving closer to God. Because God is a mystery. He cannot be fully known, at least not on this side of Heaven. He loves to surprise us, to woo us, and loves when we stop in amazement or fall down in awe. He is awesome and worthy of all we can give.
We will never get bored pursuing God. We may get bored in our human weakness during our time alone with Him, but our God is not boring.
We want quick fixes and fast paths to the answers and solutions. But our God is not on-demand. In fact He’s old-fashioned. As old as before time began. He moves at His own speed according to His own motives. Because He sees it all, feels it all, and knows it all.
This past weekend I was able to get together with my closest friends to learn and grow together by watching some Christian speakers from a conference. One of my friends brought her notes from the previous year’s conference. Those words were impactful the first time I heard them and they’re no doubt scribbled somewhere in my notes as well. But when she read them out loud to me, they had completely new meaning. Because I’m in a place now, waiting for God now, in a way I never could have imagined last year.
I want to encourage you to get back into the Word of God. Even, and maybe especially if, you grew up in Sunday school and going to church like I did. Read the familiar words and stories again. Read the verses before and after. Learn about the context in which they were written. You may find that the old words have new life because you’re in a different place now, your heart is a different shape, and those same words may have completely new meaning for you.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12
Read with new eyes. Listen with new ears. Live with a new heart.
God has more than enough revelations for us, more than the days we’re alive. Each time we approach the throne, each time we turn our ear to Holy Spirit, He will reveal Himself in a new way. Even if it’s just silence. We can come to appreciate when He doesn’t speak almost as much as when He does. Because He wants us to seek Him, to wait for Him.
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”Deuteronomy 4:29
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”Proverbs 8:17
Don’t be angry with yourself for what you don’t know. As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” And you may not have been ready yesterday for the revelation of the Spirit and the knowledge of God you receive today.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”2 Peter 3:18
Enjoy the journey. Take pictures. Keep a journal. Because someday you’ll recite your story at the very throne of God.
Sit and wait. When you don’t hear, wait longer. Rest at His feet. Lean on His chest.
I find the more I lean into His embrace, the louder I hear His heartbeat.
Whatever you need to do, find a way to sit and listen. Write your worries. Pray your fears. Prepare yourself for revelation.
Spend time reading the Word of God. Sit in His Presence in prayer and listening.
Read. Pray. Follow. Grow.
Lord God, we approach your throne with expectation. We read Your Word knowing it is alive and can speak fresh revelation to our hearts. May we be the kind of people who hear your voice and live out your plans. Amen.
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I’m a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.