Last night, I had dinner with my bride and some friends. I mentioned that I had begun blogging every weekday. One of my friends said, “wow that is a lot of work!” I was able to share with her why I made this commitment and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you as well. Consider this passage:
57 You are my portion, O LORD;
I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.
As I read that passage, my heart cries, “Yes, Lord, yes!” Yet, I know that the passion for God’s Word described therein is hardly the condition of my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love God so much, and He teaches me, constantly, how to be holy (1 Peter 1:13-16). I do not lack a passion for God. I will do “anything” (I hope) to serve Him. But……
I’ve been lazy in my meditation on His word. As a pastor, it is very tempting to allow the sermon preparation time to take the place of prayerful meditation on His word. There is a lot of spiritual value that I get from preparing to preach, and I grow with Him as I do. But, I’ve come to realize that, for me, this is not a fitting offering. I must admit that His Word has not been my passion for a long time. I love His Word, but I’ve allowed the urgency of “the task” to make my time with His Word task-driven – mediocre.
This – must – change.
So, I’ve committed to blogging every weekday, with the specific intention of exposing how my meditation on the Word of the Lord transforms me. I need this time, everyday. So this is my offering.
How does your passion for God’s Word measure up to the passage above? How are you exercising that passion?