Be Still Know
Proverbs 4:25 (NLT)
Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
My problem is less about understanding what God’s word says in my head, it’s much more about knowing how to practice what I’m learning. When I married Jayne I discovered that what’s true in one marriage doesn’t necessarily translate to another. My first wife Katey was pretty self-contained and as I made my way off on mission trips she was content to maintain her teaching. I might occasionally call (before the ease of mobiles), but if I called too often she would assume something must be wrong. Jayne however, is completely different, she enjoys sending a text stating she’s arrived safely at work and anticipates an encouraging one in response.
God is a lot like Jayne in His approach. He likes us checking in on him. Launching regular arrow prayers. Taking five minutes with a breath prayer. Pausing to reflect upon a verse of scripture. He wants us to touch base regularly. It’s not that He doubts our love, nor wants to check up on us. It’s simply that He draws immense pleasure from regular contact.
In my early days as a Christian I would take huge swathes of time reading scripture and praying. I certainly learnt my Bible that way, yet it was often undertaken out of a sense of duty than joy. I also felt that once I’d spent time with God, the day was now my own to do with as I chose. Indeed I often felt a measure of pride in my dutiful daily quiet time.
Sadly I failed to grasp that God wanted me to keep my eyes firmly fixed upon Christ all the time and direct my steps in line with my gaze. My marriage is going to begin to fail the moment I stop listening to Jayne – listening beyond words – and learning to appreciate her preferences and priorities. My path is most certainly going to lead me astray the moment I stop gazing into God’s eyes.
QUESTION: What obstacles do you face in interacting with God throughout your day?
PRAYER: Lord God, in you I live and move and have my being. Increase my awareness of this today.