Next stop: Luke!
Gonna take this day away from posting for our Read Through the Bible series, and let some of us (*raises hand*) catch up on reading.
Yeahhhhhh…so I’m admitting here that I post the Bible readings generally before actually completely reading them (though I do eventually get around to reading them, just so you guys know I’m not cheating on ya here, haha). 😉 These past few days have been a bit rough for me, and I’m a little behind in reading myself. Maybe some of you are too. Life happens.
When we put God first, everything else falls into place.
However, if you’re like me, pain (or something else) sometimes interferes with your cognitive function and ability to even read something at a decent pace.
God understands. He’s not looking over your shoulder or mine, waiting to harshly chastise us for struggling to keep up with our own man-made plans.
Throughout my health journey, there have been moments in which I’ve been too weak to even feed myself.
And in those times, I’ve generally (if not always) been given extra grace – often in the form of someone offering to bring me something.
It’s humbling and embarrassing – needing help even to be fed – even to get your own basic needs met.
And yet, sometimes it’s that way with our Christian “routine”. Bible reading, prayers.
We know what we need, but we can’t seem to get it.
…Or we don’t even know what we need.
It’s in those moments that we may be reminded how much we depend on God, even to be fed spiritually.
There is nothing we can do to impress God.
Reading the Bible every day.
Praying faithfully every day for every single person on our prayer list.
Ministering to someone through the power and gifting of the Holy Spirit.
The ability to do all these things comes from Him in the first place.
But when we’re strong enough to read and pray “perfectly” and consistently – or to minister to many people and use our gifts – sometimes we forget that.
And so these moments of weakness are necessary.
Even on days when we are too weak to read a whole chapter of the Bible or pray very clearly, we can just sit quietly, seek his face, and tell him that we don’t know what to say, and we’re falling apart here. He knows our frame. [Psalm 103]
May you have a beautiful, restful day – resting in the infinite light of His gaze and presence. Knowing that He smiles on you because of Jesus.
(And happy catching up, if you’re falling behind reading “schedule” like me and wanna do that today. 😉 )
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
P.S. Stay tuned for the (probably last) scheduled post in the series, Why Jesus Hates Religion later today.