Familiar With No Relationship

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“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 Amplified

A few years ago, I typed this verse in large print and pinned it to the wall above my desk. Each day I look at it and know it’s there. I’m familiar with what it says but rarely do I read it. This morning, I heard the Spirit say, “That’s exactly what my people do with My Word. They know it’s there, they see it, they’re even familiar with it, but rarely do they read it.” The greatest lessons in life come from the sweet teacher God sent to live inside of us. Not only did I read it this morning, but I read it out loud. Three times.

I love the Word, perhaps you can tell. One of my favorite apps is Biblegateway.com. When I’m at work and a verse pops into my head, I pull up the site so I can find it, read it and think on it. You may ask, ‘What good does that do for you?’ Plenty good. As you see above in Isaiah 40:31, it revitalizes us, makes us strong and productive. Reading and mediating on the Word amplifies God and minimizes the problems. Not only that, but it gives us the solutions to things we face at work, at home or just life in general.

My grandparents used to sit at the edge of the bed and quote a Psalm together each night. When I lived with them, they would invite me to join them and I would mostly listen. One of their favorites was Psalm 1 and I think it applies this morning;

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God.  But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely. They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper. But for sinners, what a different story! They blow away like chaff before the wind.  They are not safe on Judgment Day; they shall not stand among the godly. For the Lord watches over all the plans and paths of godly men, but the paths of the godless lead to doom.”

Father, I want this for my life. To always be found meditating on your Word and delighting myself in you and your ways. Don’t let me take your Word for granted, to become familiar with no relationship. Thank you for being my strength. As I wait on you this morning in the quiet start of my busy day, I ask that I would be acutely aware of you as you weave yourself into my life. I love being your daughter. You never disappoint me, you’re never too busy or make plans that don’t include me. I bask in your love, grace and mercy today. I trust you with my life and the lives of all I love. You take delight in the plans you have for me and order all of my steps that I may prosper in what you sent me to do. It’s in Jesus’ mighty Name I pray, Amen.

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