I sometimes forget to remember God.
Unfortunately, that’s part of being human. My humanness stops me from remembering the undeserved kindness and compassion God pours upon me each day. It prevents me from knowing the hope that He can provide, and the world cannot. It keeps me from realizing the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, which lives within me through the Holy Spirit, can overcome any circumstance.
The pace of life is often so urgent and consuming that I don’t always attend to God speaking to me, to really listen and hear His voice.
And yet, when I read God’s Word, I am drawn to the hope of knowing that I am a son of the King of the universe, that He wants to abundantly demonstrate His love and affection for me, and that He is with me always. I am reminded to rest in His power and not my own. When I read God’s Word, I hear His voice in the midst of the noise of my circumstances.
God knows how important it is for us to hear His voice, and He tells us to continually drink in and meditate on His Word:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1–3, emphasis mine)
A tree by a stream of water never thirsts, perpetually grows, and always produces new life. Such is the experience of those who have a relationship with Jesus. God’s Word helps me know His heart. I feel and see the awe of God through nature and every detail that I encounter in this world. He is the Creator and King of the Universe, our Father in Heaven, the Giver of Life, and the one that has no record of sins for those that love Him. Wouldn’t you want to know as much as you can about Him?
Each of the following posts contain short stories and reflection on the heart of God from my experience. For each I have reflected deeply in scripture to ruminate, wrestle, pray, praise, and iterate over and over, sometimes for months or years. It is my hope that these meditations on God’s Word will remind you of the heart of God and allow you to hear His voice both day and night.
- Mike Duensing