Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)
We cannot allow ourselves to underestimate the importance of spending time reading the Bible every single day. A lot of people struggle with recognizing God’s voice because they are neglecting His written Word. It is the first place we come into contact with His words. Jesus called it seed. The Word of God contains seeds for all of our needs but the harvest will never come if it is not first planted in our hearts.
People cry out to God desperately seeking to hear His voice. Jesus did not tell us to pray to hear His voice but He did say that His sheep would know His voice ((John 10:27). If we will take time to look in His written Word we will learn to recognize His voice because the Bible contains sixty-six books full of His words. I believe that there is a supernatural peace available to all who will turn their full attention to the Word of God. This does not mean that we are going to quit our jobs but we should take an inventory of our lives to identify those things that have a higher place in our hearts. There are so many distractions in our society and it is easy to be distracted from our relationship with God to things like our favorite television shows, movies, or sports team.
At times it may seem like we have no peace. True peace can only be found in the center of God’s will. We will never discover His plan if we are not giving ourselves to Him as living sacrifices that are full of His Word. As we spend time reading and studying it we may find ourselves becoming more and more dissatisfied with the way our lives are going. This happens because a holy dissatisfaction will be birthed in our spirits by the Holy Spirit as we spend more and more time with Him and in the Word. Jesus did not leave us alone! The Holy Spirit was sent to guide us step by step into the plan of God if we will learn to yield to Him.
Over the years I’ve heard people talk about not being content with just getting up, going to work, and then plopping down in front of the television set at the end of the days. This is the dissatisfaction fed by our time meditating in the Word. It cannot be satisfied with natural effort because it is emanating from our spirits. It is a spiritual discomfort that reveals we are not where God planned for us to be and that we are not utilizing His gifts and graces that were placed in us before our birth.
We continue examining this in our next post. It is vital though that we begin today to develop a habit of setting aside time on a daily basis to meditate in the Word of God.
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