Only two little Bible verses today. Both packed with big meaning. When you read them, you’ll see what I mean. First, there’s that phrase from Ephesians 5:10–‘…and find out what pleases the Lord’. God’s people wanting to live as He wants us to.
This verse signals that a godly life is something we find out about, to seek after discovering what pleases God. Here’s the rub. To please Him. Not just ourselves. How much of my prayer life centers on me, I, myself and those people and issues orbiting around me? Things I need and, more importantly, want! I…I…I. Me…me…me.
Alternately, we’re to search out His will. His ways. Remembering that effort will be required. Time slotted and allowed for. To discover God’s ways for our lives. Up for it? Really?
I am. At least some of the time, to be honest. My prayer is for more willingness to get behind Him rather than hoping He’s behind me doing all the dirty work, sweating over the details I’d rather not even think about. As I said, just being honest.
Then there’s that snippet from Isaiah 44:19–‘No one stops to think…’. In context, the Lord bluntly proclaims that He alone is God. No idols make any sense. None. Never have. Never will. Only Yahweh of Israel. It’s so evidently true, yet most people, then and now, close their eyes and stop their ears to His truth.
Still God warns– ‘No one stops to think…’ But shouldn’t we be different? Those of us who claim to be His own? Taking the time required? Stopping in our tracks? Up for that challenge?
I pray in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. It reduces my anxieties, getting my thoughts off myself. Off worrying and fretting. Helps thinking about others. About Jesus. What I know of Him. Asking for more of His character, so that I might more closely resemble Him. Wouldn’t that be nice… for a change. So much more to be done inside me. But it’s not over… yet.
Two little morsels from the Bible. Both cry out for us to take the necessary time to find out what pleases God. And then to stop and talk with Him about whatever He puts on our hearts and minds. Whatever.
Two little verses. Told you they were packed with big meaning.
Lord Jesus, we want to be more like you. Amen.