My tendency when I approach Scripture is so often what can I get out of this? How can I apply this? How does this relate to me? While those are questions that sometimes (and often should) come out of our study of the Word, those should never be our initial questions. The Bible was not first and foremost written as a guidebook for our lives or an encouraging balm for our souls. No, the Bible is God’s divine and gracious revelation of His character and works to His people.
“the next best thing to living in the light of the Lord’s love is to be unhappy til we have it, and to pant hourly after it…when it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings” - Spurgeon
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you and My covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10 Steadfast love. Lovingkindness. Grace. Covenantal love. In the Hebrew this is called hesed. It refers to … Continue reading hesed
What do you do when you so heavily feel the weight of the brokenness of the world bearing down on you? When you are so overwhelmed with the pain caused by sin that you feel suffocated? When your heart aches with the hurt and grief of the people around you? How do you let it more … Continue reading there is hope
Honesty moment: Sometimes the Christian life is hard. Sometimes I know things to be true about God but I have a really hard time believing them. Our pastor challenges us weekly to “believe the things we know to be true about God.” At first that sounded silly to me. Of course I’m going to believe … Continue reading Believe
“for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 To be honest, this has been one of the hardest semesters of my life. I've been overwhelmed at times with loneliness, confusion, fear, insecurity, and inadequacy. I've had quite a few moments where I've doubted … Continue reading freedom