Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I Got the Message

I am working on reading through the Bible in a year. Once again, I am behind.

Last week, I was considering giving up. I felt like I was just trying to get through an assignment. It was just a task. A task I was behind on. What I want it to be is spending time with God in His Word each morning.

It was becoming frustrating that I was checking verses off a list and not just following the Spirit as He leads me into a book to just the right chapter and verse. Like a scavenger hunt, uncovering the exact message that God has for me at just that moment.

But I finally understood. He led me to read through the Bible in a year.

And each day I spend in His Word, He is faithful to speak to me. He has promised that those who seek Him will find Him.

He is teaching me through whatever I am reading from His word. And He has shown me that over and over again.

I have learned from Elijah in I Kings 18:37, a great lesson in prayer.

I have been reminded of the power of prayer in the book of Acts.

I have spoken His praises from the words of the Psalms.

And yesterday morning, I read Psalm 147. When my quiet time was done, Megan and Josh showed up (I babysit them, their mom is my best friend and our kids are great friends as well). Not five minutes after they walked in, Megan asked me, "Why are there always clouds in the sky?"

So we opened my Bible and I read to her a verse that I had just read.

"He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills." Psalm 147:8

I was reminded of Isaiah 55:10-11.
God's Word was sent to achieve a purpose and will not return to Him empty. It will accomplish what He desires. No time spent in His Word is useless.