I have been digging deep, wrestling hard questions, and coming face to face with an ever expanding view of Triune God through a study of Revelation in Bible Study Fellowship. Our class year and our chapter by chapter lessons are coming to an end in a few weeks, and I’ll be honest – this study has taken my head and my heart on quite a journey! In some respects, I am weary. I long to embrace some easier passages of God’s Word and not make my head hurt so much as I strive to understand the greater mysteries of God’s plans.
But the truth is this: following Christ is a continuous journey of learning, asking new questions, working out the answers in real life situations, hungering to know more, and reaching again and again to my One and only Savior when I realize He is my best and only answer… always.
As I was already arriving at this conclusion, I discovered a fantastic progression of “let us” Bible verses… some in Daily Light, some in my Daily Devotional Bible, but all within just a few days’ time. The Lord used that little phrase “let us” to draw my attention to a life-long cycle that honors Him and leads me to a place where I can receive His greatest blessing – more of HIM!
Let us know… let us press on to know the Lord. (Hosea 6:3)
Let us draw near… [to Him] with a true heart and full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:22)
Let us hold unswervingly… to the hope we profess, for He is faithful who promised. (Hebrews 10:23)
Let us run… the race He has set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1)
Let this mind… be in you with was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
Let us encourage… one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)
Let us come boldly… to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Let us know… press on to know the Lord. (Hosea 6:3)
May my first inclination and desire be to know the Lord, my Creator and Redeemer. As that hunger deepens, may it draw me nearer to Him, for it is only in that nearness that I will witness His true heart, sense His presence, know His guidance. As I learn more of Him, may my trust in His provisions grow, may my confidence in His faithfulness expand until I am bold and unshakable, grounded in truth, just like He is.
When He has prepared me and pointed me toward the path He has planned for me, may I run (not meander!) that path with my eyes always fixed on Him. May my confidence grow in the knowledge, and backed by the experience, that He set me on that path and He will see me to the finish line. May I allow His mind, through His Spirit, to guide me, strengthen me, and mold my character to reflect His as I tackle each twist and turn and hurdle in that race. Along the way, may I reach out to other Christ-followers near me, encouraging them to do the same… run the race He has given them, fixing their eyes on Him, reflecting His character in love, encouragement and good deeds that bring glory to His Name. May the mind and heart of Christ reflected in me draw those who do not know Him to want to know Him and to experience His saving power in their lives too!
When I hit snags that detour or hinder or even halt my progress, may I seek the safety, all-sufficient provision, comfort and renewal of His embrace, the open door to His throne where I can boldly request His mercy, His grace, His wisdom and His direction… and receive it all abundantly! As I watch Him work in those troubling times, in those circumstances, in my very soul in the midst of them, may my understanding of Him expand again and again. May I KNOW – may I press on to know the LORD through it all.
May every step of growth and understanding and appreciation for my Savior meet any weariness with rest, any wrestling with peace, ever drawing my heart away from anything else and only toward Him, and growing my hunger to KNOW HIM MORE.
So I’ll keep studying. And digging. And asking questions. And applying what He teaches me to real life situations. And bringing my praise and thanksgiving (for He is truly worthy!!!)… and needs right back to the Lord, my One and only Savior… always!