Sunday, May 15, 2011

Checking in...

I've been off the blog beat for a couple of weeks. I have been super busy at school, plus I have been going through some stuff at work that has been really distracting and challenging. I haven't had a clear enough mind to be able to construct a meaningful blog post.

Things are tough for me, but they aren't unbearable, and they will get better. I've had to put my trust in the Lord and lean completely on Him. I'm beginning week 8 of my P90:12 plan, and I have found a great deal of comfort from the things I've been reading. I've been spending a tremendous amount of time in prayer as well. I know that God has a plan to pull me out of the funk. He will set my feet on His paths and help me follow after Him.

I will continue to seek God's will for my life. I may be off and on with the blog, but know that I'm just allowing Him to use me as he sees fit.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Why bother?

Some people wonder why they should bother with Bible study. They think it is outdated, inaccurate, irrelevant, too time consuming, and too confusing. I disagree. I think it Bible study is essential to living a life rooted and grounded in Christ.

Here's what Proverbs, THE book of wisdom, has to say about those who ignore the word of God:

"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm”  (Proverbs 1: 28-33).

Now, I'm not big on the use of threats to get people to buy into religious concepts. That's not my point. I just think that it makes sense to realize that rejecting God's advice and ignoring Him when He points out the sin in your life has a natural consequence. You reap what you sow. Being complacent-choosing not to hunger and thirst for righteousness, but to keep doing only what you wish to do- will destroy you.

A relationship with God isn't a one-sided thing. He's not our genie in a bottle, here only to grant our requests. He wants to dwell in us, to shape us and refine us, and to use us for His service. It requires our commitment and a willingness to allow ourselves to be transformed by His grace and His teaching.