There is a time to read. A time to learn and a time to apply. When it comes to the bible, I believe many of us are content with the body of knowledge without the experience of negative circumstances. We all love sunshine and frown when it rains. Yet, how can we appreciate the benefits of the sun if we do not take part in enduring the wetness of the rain?
In my early Christian years, believers took pride in graduating from the “Holy Ghost School of Hard Knocks.” They would testify about the goodness of God, his graciousness, and ability to keep them from satanic influences. Nowadays, people testify about their biblical knowledge and various theological perspectives. The Apostle Paul wrote that having a lot of knowledge only puffs up one’s intellect and I have come to the conclusion that no amount of degrees heals a broken heart and feeds an empty belly.
Lately, I have not been reading my bible. For some that is Christian blasphemy. For others that is the norm. As much as I love to search the scriptures, there comes a time to walk out the word and learn of the Lord in real time. This has given me a chance to reflect on my thoughts and know God. So here I share some of my thoughts with you. In time I hope to reveal how I came to know these things.
Lady Dunamis’ Log
Lord, I am not as nimble and quick as I thought. In fact, I was thinking about a few things you impressed upon me this morning concerning what took place last week. One, leaning on my understanding cripples me to the extent I overestimate financially and underestimate in all the other areas of my life. Two, I need to balance between instinct and carefully thought out plans. Three, I carry WAY TOO MUCH STUFF. This is a reflection of what is going on with me spiritually. Four, I repeat the same scenarios so I am missing something, thereby not hitting the mark. Five, I believe you want me to share in your knowledge of what is going on in the world. Even if I do not care to know. Selfish of me? Yes, because now I am held accountable to do something. Isn’t that what Christianity is all about?
We Americans are still blessed in spite of the fact we constantly reject your ways. You feed us well, provide us with good things and despite your goodness, we refuse to repent and submit. It is heartbreaking; nevertheless, you choose to suffer with us in our affliction. All do not suffer equally, but in some measure we bear the brunt of sin be it self-inflicted, unintentional, or on purpose by evil men. These things as Christians we need to know and remember.
You remember the poor even when they do not remember you. It is not that you require people to live in substandard conditions to be spiritual, but you require us to keep your commandments and remain sympathetic and empathetic, especially to those who are less fortunate. You do not want us to have hardened hearts. You want us to be an extension of your goodness so that people may come to know Jesus Christ in the pardon of their sins.