Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Post: Studying God's Word

[Sorry about the video size. I can't figure out how to squish it down.]

I enjoy the traditional hymns best, don’t you?

My memory is getting atrocious. It was someone else’s pearls of wisdom that prompted this post otherwise there would be first a credit for this inspiration.

Paraphrasing, I’m sure, but here goes: “It is better to listen to God first before prayer.”

I know that’s rather simplistic but truth usually is.

In other words, it is better to READ God's Word than to talk excessively AT Him making requests, therefore ignoring His voice. Reading His Word faithfully is one of my many failings. I’m too busy, too tired, too bored, too distracted, too hungry and plethora of other excuses. I am proficient at submitting requests to our tolerant Lord or to pray for others. That’s easy. Make no mistake, though, prayer is key to one of our many wondrous, privileged communications with our loving Saviour. I hope I’m learning that it’s equally, maybe more so, important to listen to Him speak to me first before making my wishes known. Especially since I tend to get the wrong end of the stick in many situations.

So since there are no more burning bushes or pillars of smoke or tablets of stone to guide us, in this “present evil age” [Galatians 1:4] He has chosen to speak to us through His written Word. And the Word was “made flesh” [John 1:14] in our Lord Jesus Christ. Reading His Word is to listen to Jesus talk to us, and therein lays peace. This truth is revealed numerous times in His Holy Word.

Be as the Bereans and “search the Word daily to see if it is so”. [Acts 17:11]

I hope that makes sense. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a lot of reading to do. :)

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
[II Timothy 2:15] NKJV


Simply Linda said...

....and because we are human, dear friend, he forgives us of our shortcomings. Beautiful post...thank you for sharing...

Have a lovely Sunday!!! Smiles

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a heartfelt post and a great reminder to us all. Wishing you both a blessed Sunday, dear friend. xoxo

Patsy said...

Makes very good sense!---Truth is so rare today but just maybe God will
change that -- soon.

Linda E said...

Every morning and every evening when I pray, I say 'Lord, I am coming to you with the same old things...asking for this or that or praying for this one or that one.' I bet He gets so tired of me, but then again, at least I am talking to Him. He hears, understands and will answer according to His will. I also need to be in His Word more and after reading your blog, it encouraged me to do just that. Thank you for this post. Blessings.

White Lace and Promises said...

I love the old hymns. The pastor of the church I attend sometimes has been doing a sermon series on the old hyms. I was surprised to know that the writer of Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling, called himself a drunk. It was in a stupor that God spoke to him and called Him back. Yes, so thankful for the calling back and mercy and forgiveness that Jesus gives.