I wasn’t really part of the Church growing up and started following Jesus later on in my life after I was already in my 20’s. That means I missed a lot of Church history including things like older hymns that the Church used to sing and worship to. Whenever I would hear one when I first became a believer, I almost immediately thought “that sounds too old…not interested,” but now I find great encouragement in them.
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love, Here’s my heart. O take and seal it; Seal it for thy courts above.”
Come Thou Fount was written back in 1757 by Robert Robinson. It’s amazing to think that a song written that long ago still has impact on us today. When I started paying attention to the lyrics, I was blown away from what I read because it describes what I experience in my own walk with The Lord today.
“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12
I used to call on God only when I needed Him.
A morning devotional was my guaranteed time to communicate to Him. I could tell him my prayer requests and let Him know I needed Him on my side that day. Then the day would begin and if things got tough, I’d look Him up again and see if He could come and right my ship until I could proceed to take the controls again.
There’s so much of God to miss in this approach and the only guarantee is that my view of God fell short.
It reminds me of what we encounter each year as the season changes from winter to spring.
Here in Texas, it is a gradual change, but nonetheless, a change is usually in the air during March when it should be, and it’s usually signaled by rain.
That’s what I love about the verse above. On the other side of winter, the season where living things grow dormant or die, life abounds.
If your relationship is dormant or quite frankly, feels like it is dying, have hope.
Love is quickly defined as feelings we have towards someone else or when we really like someone or an emotional state we find ourselves in when we are “in love,” but the Bible defines love differently – as an action.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…” – John 3:16
God always initiates in every circumstance, with every person. He initiated sending His Son, Jesus, down to earth, to rescue us. Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross taking on the penalty of all our past, present, and future sins, and rose from the dead defeating death and sin in victory.
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us,” the apostle John wrote, “that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).
Jesus did what His Father sent Him to do with joyful obedience every step of the way. What amazing strength and courage He modeled for us in His life here on earth. He showed us how to live, how to love and serve others, how to resist temptation, and how to really define love.
This is a very popular question in regards to how we pray. Do we just make a request to God once? Are we supposed to pray the same thing over and over again? What difference does it make, can’t He just read our minds? Are we doing the wrong thing by praying for the same thing, over and over again?
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9
I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea how prayer works at the end of the day. I know what the Bible says about prayer and I know that Jesus prayed, but how everything works? No clue. In fact, I’m very much ok with not knowing how everything works because I believe that’s what makes God…God. If we could figure out everything God does and how He does it, it seems like he wouldn’t be much of a god.
We can make so many decisions within each day. Should I go for this promotion? Should I pursue a relationship with this person? What should I eat today? Is this the right thing to do? Should I go this direction or that direction? Whatever the decision is that we are making, how often are we referring to the Bible and praying to God about that decision?
Our culture is fast paced and typically we are praised for getting a lot of things done. I know I’m guilty of this personally, but I can go a full day making hundreds of decisions and never taking them before The Lord before I do so. Sometimes I’m “too busy” or just flat out forget, which is no excuse whatsoever when reflecting on what Jesus has done for me.
Jesus calls us to follow Him. Learn from Him. Trust Him. Give everything over to Him. That includes when we make decisions, however big or small, we seek to follow Jesus through that decision and pursue what would glorify God the most.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on decisions:
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