His Word First, Us Second
There are times when we are ON FIRE for the Lord, right? We wake up excited about what each day holds and can see Him moving and shaping our faith. In these times, it seems as if we are invincible and safe. Nothing can shake us and everything points to Him.
And then there are times when that’s not the case. We feel weak and neglected. It feels as if it’s been ages since we’ve felt His presence and it’s almost as if we’ve forgotten how to love Him, or that we even do at all. And it can definitely seem like He’s forgotten about us. There’s no fire, no devotion and definitely no Godly presence being felt.
I’ve been there. More times that I’d like to admit. And I always ask myself why? Why, when I know I love God and how much He loves me, do I find myself in such dry and dead places in my faith? And no matter what got me into that place, the answer is always the same: because I put myself first and God second. And the God of the universe is not wired to be second.
As humans, however, it’s not that hard to put ourselves first. Our feelings and circumstances change by the minute and cause us to filter our lives differently. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone from happy to sad to angry and back to happy again in a 5 minute period. So how in the world can we depend on ourselves to consistently see God in the same way? We can’t. Luckily, we have something we can depend on to remind us who God is, not just how we feel about Him on any given day…
“First of all, you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Peter 1:20-21, NRSV)
His word does not falter. It does not change its mind or conform to feelings. It is truth in its purest form. And no matter how “human” we are, His word is holy and perfect. It reminds us of who He is when we have forgotten. How amazing is that? In times of confusion or ever changing emotions, it points us to a true north.
Why…do I find myself in such dry and dead places in my faith? The answer is always the same: because I put myself first and God second. And the God of the universe is not wired to be second.
I haven’t always been consistent in turning to His word but I have never, not once, been let down every time I HAVE opened the pages of my Bible. So I would challenge you to do the same. Before you settle in with your own thoughts and feelings on a complicated matter, turn to His word first. Then go from there. It will set you up to process and function from a solid foundation.
How incredible is it that we have such a beautiful book to turn to when we need it most?
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Helena is an animal loving, cardigan wearing, single woman, desiring for the church to be a diverse, approachable and relevant place for all to find truth, refuge and acceptance.