Silent Noise

This past week I had the privilege of traveling outside of the states for the first time. I drove with a couple of guys to Algonquin Park in Canada. If you are not familiar with this park, let me fill you in. It is basically a huge park made up of hundreds of small lakes. It is untouched by man. You are not allowed to drive motor boats, build buildings or docks, the water is uncontaminated and the wildlife untamed. We spent an entire week traveling the Algonquin and barely scratched the surface of the beauty there. It is vast, gorgeous, and pristine.

I left my phone behind, along with anything else that would be a distraction. Midway through the week we had a solo day. Our group of eight split up and spent the entire day alone. I brought along my Bible, journal, and a book I had been reading. I found a giant rock off the shore and set up camp for the day. I spent most of the day sitting on the rock singing, praying, reading, and thinking for the sake of thinking. It was an enriching time spiritually, a refreshing time physically, and a time of growth mentally. It wasn’t until reflecting on this time later that I came to realize the importance of silence.

Silence is grace given by God for us to grow to become like his Son. In Scripture, there is a pattern of men going out into the wilderness before important transitions or intense situations. Jesus went into the wilderness before his three years of ministry began. The Apostle Paul followed this same model (Galatians 1:17-18). Getting away from the distractions of life to focus on God is extremely important before a big life transition.

As many of you know, I am about to get married. This is going to be a really big change in my life that will come with its joys and struggles. With that being said, this trip could not have come at a better time. I was able to focus for an entire day on my Savior and what His sacrifice means for my life. It was refreshing and refocusing. I realized that a “solo day” only meant nine hours spent with the One who is always with me. I wasn’t really alone, but for aware of His presence. It was an incredible joy to sing with only Him listening. To read Scripture aloud among His creation.

I think a solo day is something I will try to recreate in my life. Many Christians harp on us if we spend time away from people. “You’re supposed to be the light,” they may say. “How are you going to accomplish that if you’re always alone?!” While I am not recommending you become a recluse living in a cave miles away from civilization. But in order for you to effectively be the light, I am convoked that you will need a day here or there spent entirely with the One you are telling others about. These moments of silence are where you will be able to experience God’s grace in ways you wouldn’t fathom.

Put away the phone. Get off the computer. Shut down your brain. Pick up the Book. Petition and sing praises to God. Grow in the grace of our Savior. I challenge you to find a day this month, and spend it entirely with God. You will not be disappointed.

The Fear of Man

It affects us more than we realize. It shapes our behavior, our actions, our thoughts, and in some cases our destiny. We let it guide our steps, control our hearts, and rule our lives. The fear of man is powerful and potentially the greatest threat to Christians. We encage ourselves with thick bars of imaginary scenarios, possible trials, and desired, all-encompassing comfort. Fear of man paralyzes us for the purpose that God has called us to. I am writing this as someone who has struggled with this my entire life. I do not claim to have overcome it, but with daily grace, I believe I am growing in this area. In this quick look at this issue, we have to begin with the heart of the matter.

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Glorious Mysteries

Wouldn’t it be nice to live life without any mystery? I have pondered this question for some time. There are moments when I just want to know what the future holds. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how you are going to die? For some of us yes, others maybe not. It might not be great if we found out we are going to die of a shark attack, that could bring some unnecessary anxiety to your life. But seriously, sometimes I think it would be nice knowing how your life is going to end and how you’ll enter into eternity.

But mystery is a good thing. I remember as a child wanting to know who I was going to marry. I thought it would be so awesome just to have a name or to know something about her that could give me a clue. Now I am thankful that I wasn’t given a vision of my wife before ever meeting her. I think it might have been slightly awkward if my jaw dropped as I first met Alyssa in English class.

The truth of the matter is that mystery can be grace. Let me explain. Without mystery, trust can be lacking. There will be moments in life when we wonder if we’ll make it out alive, if we’ll be able to continue in life. It is in these moments when faith is given the opportunity to blossom. It is in these intense situations that we must lean in and trust in Christ and His goodness.

As life continues, our faith becomes stronger because we have lived through these experiences of despair and trouble. Even in these hard times, mystery is God’s grace in our lives. As a young person, there is still so much mystery to life. Yeah I’ve figured a few things out, but I’m still not exactly sure what specific ministry God will use me in. I don’t know what state or city I will settle down in. I have no idea what my kids will be like. I don’t know how long I’ll continue my education. There are still so many mysteries in life, and it can be easy to stress out about all the mystery. But these are all opportunities to trust God and lean into Him more.

This is one disappointment about growing old. When I have retired, my kids are grown up, and the mortgage is paid off, there will be less mystery. You still never know what a day will hold, but for the most part, there is less mystery than before. Steven Curtis Chapman describes these mysteries becoming reality in his song The Glorious Unfolding.

And this is going to be a glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see and you will be amazed
We’ve just got to believe the story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise God has made to us
And watch this glorious unfolding

We were made to run through fields of forever
Singing songs to our Savior and King
So let us remember this life we’re living
Is just the beginning of the beginning

Life is a glorious unfolding. At life’s end, we will be able to look back and see God’s faithfulness. We will see His goodness in our lives, His unstoppable grace, His renewed mercies.

There are mysteries, though, that transcend this life. There is still another glorious unfolding. It is that of eternity. There we will see the glorious unfolding of God’s ultimate, sustaining glory. There, our joy will be supreme because of the Alpha and Omega’s reigning glory. The mysteries we face today only point to those that will unfold in heaven. Mysteries are God’s grace in our lives. They cause us to trust Him more so that we can love Him more.

Rebuke As Grace

David. What comes to your mind when you hear the name of this Bible character? One of the most well-known events of Scripture is centered around David, the story of David and Goliath. This is a story most everyone in the West knows or at least most have heard of it. David had faith when no one else did. He was brave in the face of great danger and probable defeat. Stronger men could have fought but wouldn’t. God used David to give the victory to Israel and later David became king.

Unfortunately, there is still another story that might come to mind about David. It’s the story of David and Bathsheba. Again, we all know the story, right? It was the time when kings were supposed to go to war. For reasons that Scripture doesn’t describe, David stayed behind. One morning, he awoke and walked on the rooftop of his house. It was here that he noticed a beautiful woman bathing. David becomes intoxicated by the sight. He sends immediately for her and commits adultery with her. Through the hands of his enemy, he has her husband murdered and takes Bathsheba as his own. By the end of the story, David has committed adultery, murder, he has lied, and stolen.

The Conclusion

I don’t know about you, but I often forget the rest of this story. Sometimes we read only this chapter and forget what comes in chapter twelve of 2 Samuel. God graciously intervened in David’s life. God sent the prophet Nathan to share a story with David. Nathan tells a story of a poor man and a rich man. The rich man had many flocks and herds while the poor man had only one little ewe lamb. The poor man loved this lamb; Scripture describes it this way: “it was like a daughter to him” (2 Samuel 12:3b). The rich man had a guest show up and he was unwilling to use any of the sheep from his herd so he stole the poor man’s single ewe lamb. He killed it and soon he and his guest were feasting on some delicious lamb chops.

When David heard this story he reacted in a very hypocritical manner. This is what he said, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die” (2 Samuel 12:5). Nathan replied, “You are that man!” I can imagine David’s face. For a split second, a confused look shrivels his features, then his face freeze, void of any expression. Shock.

Rebuke as Grace

Rebuke is one of the greatest means of God’s grace. Sin is never in God’s plan for our lives. That is always something we do on our own. We slowly drift from the path God has carved out for us, sliding onto the path Satan has twisted together for us. Rebuke is how God pulls us back to himself. This change wasn’t immediate in David’s life; there were still some serious consequences for this sin after his repentance. His child that he had with Bathsheba dies, that is a pretty serious consequence.

But David was set back on the path God had for him. Rebuke or confrontation is a hard thing. It is hard to look someone in the eyes and tell them they are doing wrong, but it is so often necessary. Proverbs 27:5 says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” This is a powerful statement. Basically what is being said here is that if you truly love someone, you will rebuke them when you see them doing wrong.

Keep in mind, when we are called to rebuke, we must do it for the right reasons. We have to remain humble. We are rebuking them because we love them and want what is best for them. Rebuking should never be done to cut some one down or make them look bad. It should usually be handled in private and done in a kind manner.

Receiving It

Confronting people is hard, but sometimes receiving confrontation is even harder. Sometimes it straight up blindsides us. Life will be going great and then someone pulls us aside to share their thoughts about our life. Here are a few tips in receiving rebuke in your life.

#1. Thank them. Thank whoever it was that was brave enough to bring this to your attention.

#2. Pray. Ask God if there was any truth to what they shared with you.

#3. Study. Seek God’s word on the particular issue that was brought to your attention.

#4. Ask others. Ask those that are closest to you if this is something they have noticed in your life.

#5. Make the change. If you have come to the conclusion that the rebuke was correct, take steps to make the necessary changes in your life. Proverbs 15:32 says, “Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.”

Repentance

The goal of rebuke should always be repentance. David wrote an entire psalm explaining his repentance and the restoration that God was bringing. Psalm 51 was written after David was rebuked by the prophet Nathan. Listen to the emotion in this Psalm.

Psalm 51

“Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.
 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
 Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
 O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
    build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.”

 Remember what brought David to this point, it was Nathan’s rebuke. We all fall at times and we all need people in our lives who love us enough to confront us. This is God’s grace in David’s life. It brought him to the end of his sin and restoration began. This is why your relationship to the local church is so important. It creates accountability.
The next time you deal with rebuke in you life, whether you are considering dishing some out or you are receiving it, choose to see it as God’s grace. Rebuke is the means by which God yanks us away from our sin and puts us humbly in a state of rebuilding and reconstruction.

Good and Bad as Grace

The subtitle to my blog is more than a phrase, it is a lifestyle: “Learning to see the good and bad as grace…” Before I explain what this has meant for me, I want to make it clear that this is a worldview within the Christian worldview. This is a way that we as Christians can perceive the events of our lives. I have chosen to see the transpiring moments of my days on this earth in this light. This is a counter-cultural way to see the world; it does not come naturally or easily.

The Unnatural Worldview

As humans, we tend to let our circumstances determine how we behave. We wake up a little later than we should have, our coffee was made wrong, our boss chewed us out, our child gets sick with the flu, and for the rest of the day, we will be miserable. We let our circumstances rule our lives. Worse still, we let them steal our joy.

Of course, these are small trials in life. What about when a loved one passes away? Or when we get that diagnosis from the doctor? How about when we lose our job and don’t have a back-up plan? These are some bigger trials that will come into play on the stage of life. How should we respond to these? Those without Christ would get bitter, depressed, jealous, or abusive. How should the Christian respond to these trials? How should we react when we our child is driving us crazy, and how should we react when a family member dies? This lifestyle will help us respond correctly to both the small and the more daunting trials we may face.

Circumstances Don’t Rule

Circumstances don’t rule the Christian’s life. There are several reasons why this is true. God is in control and is good, we are not meant to live on earth permanently, and the physical realm does not encapsulate our joy. The bottom line is that the Christian can look at the good, the bad, and the ugly and see them all as grace.

God is in control… It may sound cliché, but it is true. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). God is all-knowing and all- powerful. He is also good. He knows exactly what is best for us. Sometimes, this means we receive that diagnosis or we lose our job. God knows what’s going on and what is best for us. In Tim Keller’s book Prayer, Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, he says,

God will either give us what we ask or give us what we would have asked if we knew everything he knows.

Unanswered prayer, trials, and tribulation come to us through God. There is a reason for them, there is a purpose for our current struggles. Remember in them that God is in control, and He will guide us through them. This is promised in Scripture and displayed in the lives of many of the Biblical heroes of the faith. God is faithful to us even in our darkest moments.

This is not our home… We are on this earth for a very short time. If we have received the Greatest Grace, we are only waiting for forever to get here. Earth is not our home, worshiping Christ before His throne is. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling.” These trails only make us long for our coming, unbroken eternity with our Savior.

He is our joy… We do not live for the prosperity of earthly gains, but for the prosperity of the soul. Knowing Christ is our joy, and nothing can come close to comparing to this. Everything else leaves us empty, with a gaping hole in our chest. Again, Paul writes, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). When we understand this, our worries, fears, and pain are belittled. Our joy is not found or restricted by the fading physical world; it is explosively discovered in our growing, intimate relationship with Christ.

Bad as Grace

When we understand and believe these things, we can choose to see the good and the bad as grace. It is still hard. Sometimes the pain is unbearable, the horror too horrific, the death too often, but I believe that even in these circumstances, we can experience spiritual peace because our hope is in God. These times can be an opportunity to lean even more into Christ, depending upon Him completely. When the trials come, they can be for our good. The horrible things we experience can be grace in our lives.

Suffering has a way of stripping away all of our guards and self-protection to get to our hearts. This is why Scripture refers to suffering and affliction as the refiners fire; trials refine us and transform us more into the image of Jesus Christ. Unpleasant circumstances will force us to see the ugliness of our hearts that we have been trying to hide.

Each morning we wake up, we have no idea what the day will hold. A season of suffering could be close at hand, and we will have a choice to make.

The Choice

Because of the eternal graces, we can choose to see the good and the bad as grace. Because God is good, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, just, loving, and merciful we can choose to see the most wretched circumstance as grace in our lives. We may never understand, but we should still choose to accept.

The choice is yours. The decision lays before you each day. Will you choose to find your joy in Christ or in the passing physical world? It is when we choose to find our joy and worth in Christ that we are set free. This is the gateway to thriving in any circumstance rather than desperately clawing your way to survival in the midst of everyday life. Examine your heart, where are you seeking joy?

Lord, help me to see the good and the bad as grace. I no longer want to live my life according to life’s restless circumstances. I want to have the joy of Paul, that even in prison he had unimaginable joy. I want a peace that surpasses understanding. Give me joy in you. Help me to hate my sin and love you more. Conform me into the image of your Son.

Amen.

The Mysteries of God

I remember as a child thinking about God. My parents told me He was eternal while the Bible said the same. I distinctly remember trying to grasp this… Before there was Earth God was. But that means God existed forever, before He created anything. If he existed for forever, then how did we ever get to today? Forever means continually, on and on and on and on… How did He exist for forever and we still got to today but He will still exist for forever after today.

This is just one of my many trains of thought as a child, but this is only one characteristic of God that is slightly beyond the human brain capacity. There is also God as the Trinity, three persons in one Being. There is the omniscience combined with the omnipotence of God. If God is all-knowing and all-powerful, how can He allow the suffering we see around the world without stopping it? There is God as omnipresent. He is literally everywhere at once. Our minds have a hard time with that one. Prayer, we often fail to understand how prayer works. What is our role in it and what is God’s? There are many, many things that we do not understand or grasp about God.

Agnosticism

I am not saying that God cannot be known. Agnosticism is the belief that God exists, but we cannot know Him. It is a middle ground between atheism and Christianity. We know many things about God because He has revealed His character through Scripture; the Bible is His self-revelation. “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100:5). “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17). “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). “For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:20). These are just a few passages explaining the characteristics of God.

We can also learn much about God’s character through his creation. We look at the stars and see God’s incredible power and presence. We see a forest and see his creativity. We look at some of the fish of the sea and we observe God’s sense of humor. Humanity is created in His image, so we can learn much about God through what we know about people. Agnosticism is a myth and it is not what I am testifying to here in the least.

Mysteries

With this being said, there are many mysteries we still wrestle with about God. Scripture does not reveal every key detail about God.The unknown can stir up plenty of doubt in a believer’s mind. We often attempt to fit God into our circumstances rather than viewing our circumstances in light of who God is. This takes faith.

God is so infinitely beyond the human brain. Although, the brain is all that we have known in life, God is far, far beyond it. It can be easy to get caught up in human reasoning. This can get us into trouble and some strange, cultish beliefs. I have a hard time with people who have to have every question answered about God. Do I know exactly how prayer works? Well, no, but I do know that Scripture commands it of me, and Jesus modeled it for me. Often, we place our entire focus on what we do not know about something, forgetting what we do know.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

-Deuteronomy 29:29

Sometimes, we can get too focused on what we do not know. Whatever we do not know, we must view in light of what we do know. This requires us to faithfully trust in what we know about God’s character even when our circumstance don’t seem to line up correctly. There are going to be mysteries about God that we will never understand.

Passivity is Not an Option

I am not saying that we should not explore some of these mysteries. It can be a healthy thing when we discover more about God. After all, God is the main character of the Bible; He is present in every Biblical event. We can learn something about God from every passage; the Bible is His self-revelation. We should always be growing in our knowledge of God. There are, however, a couple of things to keep in mind when we approach these mysteries.

#1. Don’t become obsessed. Don’t let your study of God’s omnipresence become the focus of your life or ministry. It is not healthy for one of the mysteries to become our primary focus. Always seek to bring it back the gospel. How does your study connect to the gospel?

#2. Stay humble. When you discuss some of these gray areas, remain humble. Who is to say that you understand every detail about how prayer works? Everybody has their opinion, let them share it and enjoy a friendly discussion. You probably are not completely right about how you view God. Always remain humble and seek to turn away from any dogmatism.

#3. Grow. The entire point from these studies is so that we can grow in our affection for God. Use these kinds of studies to implement your relationship with Him. Always go back to Scripture and view what you do not know in light of what you do know.

Mysteries as Grace

These mysteries of God are by His grace. I am so thankful that I do not know everything about God. That may sound a little odd, but let me explain.

My friend always used to say it this way, “If we knew everything about God, it’s almost like He would cease to be God?” I believe that these mysteries of God are a characteristic of Him. He is so beyond our human brain capacity, we do not even begin to comprehend what Scripture has laid out plainly about Him. We don’t truly understand how big He is. We don’t entirely understand the Trinity. We don’t completely know how prayer works. This keeps us humble and dependent upon Him.

This is not blind faith, as some would accuse. Neither is it faith through a magnifying glass, examining every minuscule detail. The truth that is revealed to us through Scripture is exactly what God wanted to be revealed. No more and no less. These mysteries are each eternal graces, they keep us dependent and humble. The mysteries of God should stimulate more faith in what we do know about God, rather than create more doubt and uncertainty. Don’t be defined by what you don’t know. Use these mysteries to press further into our love of God and what we are sure about Him. He is good, righteous, merciful, triune, all-powerful, everywhere, all-knowing, just, grace-giving, eternal, victorious, and his love endure forever.

A Feast of Ancient Words

“Ancient words ever true

Changing me and changing you

We  have come with open hearts

Oh, let the ancient words impart

They resound with God’s own heart

Oh, let the ancient words impart…”

These lyrics recite one of the greatest means of grace that we have constantly at our fingertips. The Word of God… The God of all knowledge, who created the cosmos, who is all powerful, who created the depths of the sea, who resides in perfect Heaven, who named the stars, this God wrote a book.

I remember as a boy, I was a big reader. I loved reading fiction, I’d sit on a summer day with no school and devour a book. Sometimes I would start a book and then discover that it was a part of series with a final book not yet released. So I would quickly read the books that were written in the series and then I would wait for the release of the final book. I would wait, dreaming of how the story might end. I would hunger, the tastebuds of my brain longing to linger over the coming literary flavors. Finally, the day would come and the preordered book would arrive at my doorstep. The anticipation was killing me. I would rip into the box, and hold the book in my hands in a stunned state of awe. Here it was, the final edition to the series, the end of the tale, the farewell of all of the characters. I would almost get nervous, what if it didn’t meet my expectations? Then, with a deep breath, I would flip to the prologue and dive into the final epic.

Ok, I know what some of you are thinking, “What a nerd!” That’s alright, I embrace it. But, nerd or not, I think it is safe to say that very few of us ever approach God’s Word with this attitude. Often an attitude of religious duty drives us to read Scripture. It is either out of religious duty or we just don’t do it at all because of laziness. I would challenge us all to reevaluate how we approach Scripture.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

-Psalm 19:7-11

 The Psalmist approached God’s Word with an incredible sense of awe. He described it as being more desirous than gold. It is sweeter than honey from the honeycomb. I’ve had honey straight from the comb, there’s not much else sweeter. It is perfect; it revives. Scripture is not deserved by any of us. Through the Bible, God reveals his character to us. Scripture equals grace as a means of sustaining spiritual life.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

-Isaiah 40:8

God’s Word is unchanging. It will last an eternity. While my copy of Scripture is not eternal, the truth found in the text will last for forever. The Bible is an eternal grace.

So why don’t we treat it like an eternal grace. It sits by my bed each night, I pick it up on average about every other day. The Psalmist describes it as life-giving. Take away his food, his home, his status, his family, just so long has he has the Word of God with him, he will press on. Let us hunger and thirst for Scripture as our only source of life.

But how do we do this? How do we learn to crave Scripture?

David Mathis in his book Habits of Grace says

The potential practices [for Bible reading] are limitless, but the principle beneath the practices is this: The fundamental means of God’s ongoing grace, through his Spirit, in the life of the Christian and the life of the church is God’s self-expression in his Word, in the gospel, perfectly kept for us and on display in all its textures, riches, and hues in the external written word of the Scriptures.

The key to hungering for the Bible is to have the proper perspective of Scripture. Scripture is only available as a means of grace. We do nothing in order to receive it. It is available twenty-four seven as a source of life. It has been perfectly preserved and is understandable. Can you believe it? The inklings of God are knowable and are the spiritual nourishment for the Christian.

Believe it and live it, Christian. We have the eternal grace of God’s Word, that resound with God’s own heart, at our side all the time. Quit starving yourself and feast on the riches of God’s Word. Here is my number one tip for learning to hunger for God’s Word:

Read it.

If you have never consistently read the Bible, you have yet to feel and experience the joys of it. When we are constantly listening to what God is saying through His word, we become dependent upon it. Suddenly, our jobs, our finances, and our phones all take a back seat. You do not truly know how detrimental starvation is until you know what it feels like to be full.

Today is a Monday. Pick up of the Word, and create some silence so that you can listen to what God is saying. It may be painful at first, but this means of grace will produce growth much faster than any other method. Feed your relationship with the Lord. Join me at the table of grace and feast with me.