Time with God is like…
…Setting my clock to “real” time after it’s gained or lost a few minutes.
…Calibrating my scale to give an accurate reading so I won’t run into trouble with an overweight letter that won’t go beyond the post office or overweight bag at the airport.
…Tuning my piano.
In all of these, there is a perfect standard that must be conformed to. I might try to fool myself into thinking that I’ve got leeway (time or weight) by adjusting my clock or my scale to suit myself, but that won’t make any difference to the officials who operate by absolute standards.
So why do people fool themselves by trying to change the absolute standards that God has established? For me, that daily “reality check” in God’s presence will help me stay true.
On our way to work we pass a wall covered with magnificent morning glories and creamy white flowers. In the morning, they bloom brilliantly. But on our way home in the afternoon, we see that they are shriveled and about to fall…and make way for a whole new batch coming the next morning! This reminds me of several Scriptures:
Exodus 16:17-18—Each family gathered manna and had “just enough” for a day.
Lamentations 3:23—”Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
2 Corinthians 12:9—“My grace is enough for you”—one day at a time.
1 Peter 1:24-25—”The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:18—”So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
In a language that I know, there’s a specific word to refer to how you feel when you’ve eaten too much sweet or rich food. Though that is an unpleasant feeling, it does come to mind when I try to express how overwhelmed with awe and delight I am when intaking certain parts of God’s Word. Like 1 Peter 1 and Ephesians 1, for example.
What can I compare it to?
–A bottomless treasure chest full of dazzling jewels…
–The richest dessert that you can only eat in tiny bites and savor every morsel…
–A sunset so beautiful it makes you want to cry…
–A garden of infinite variety, flowers of every shape and hue and fragrance…
–The sky on a starry night; the more you look the more you see…
God, your Word is wonderful! It delights me, makes my heart sing and draws me to you. I can never get enough—I never tire of it—I want to make it part of me.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Your Word in my own language. And please raise up people to translate it in all its power and beauty into the 2000+ languages that don’t yet have even one word of it!