Archive for May, 2015
Recently I was inwardly questioning the progress being made in my walk with Christ, because it seemed that, rather than continuously learning “new” things and receiving “exciting” insights from the Word, I was dwelling upon what seemed to be considered simple things… truths such as His love.
That is so basic… something that I have heard and understood ever since I can remember, I mused. While I had been receiving immense comfort, joy, and encouragement through many different passages related to this subject, I still wondered if I would someday look back and regret spending so much time on such “simple” concept.
It may sound silly to some, but thoughts such as these came as a substantial concern to my mind.
While zipping through the house one day, endeavoring to accomplish some pressing projects and check things off of my [ever growing] to-do list, the question resurfaced. Right then, the LORD brought a passage to mind that I had read several weeks before.
“For this cause, I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; the ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19
Suddenly my heart was at rest.
The LORD used these verses to show me that, if to know the love of Christ results in my being filled with more of Himself (which is a part of the means in which He carries out His purpose of conforming me into His image, for His glory), than an eager quest to know more of that great and wondrous love is one of the best pursuits that can be made. Basking in His love is what I am supposed to be doing on a moment-by-moment, every-day basis! My reason for perpetual joy and rejoicing, no matter the circumstances I am encountering or the feelings that are raging in my heart, can and should come from the truth that He loves me.
So graciously, my heavenly Father reminded me that it is indeed right, and glorious!, to spend much time meditating on what may have (sadly) become “commonplace” or “simple” truths.
“…God doesn’t typically comfort you with something strange and unfamiliar. He usually comforts His people as they prayerfully meditate on the basic truths He has revealed about Himself… Don’t [always] look for comfort in ‘exotic places.’ Look for it in the theology that four-year-olds can grasp. Assume that you need to experience more deeply what you [think you] already know. J.I. Packer says it so well: ‘We must turn each truth that we learn about God into a matter of meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God’ (Knowing God, 23). God comforts you with simple, prayerful meditation on Himself.” Joe Tyrpak (Gospel Meditations for Prayer)
A few pictures from a recent family photo shoot… such fun!
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”