Above the Fog
At lunch yesterday with a friend, we began to talk about the struggle of feeling like God is close when we can't see Him. Yes, we can know the facts of the Bible, but facts don't carry us through difficulties. Knowing Him, firsthand, personally is how we navigate life. The ongoing conversation with Him throughout the day, inviting Jesus to live through us and letting Him do it is how we know Him, not just know about Him.
We've had a week of dense foggy mornings. The weather man has been warning us about the low visibility on the morning commute. Yet if we happen to work in one of the tall buildings downtown, we can take the elevator up and see that the sun is still shining, its still there, despite the lack of seeing it through the fog.
When we are trudging through those foggy days, not feeling like God is close, we can choose to step into the elevator of prayer and praise, raising us up to see that God is still working, He is still shining truth into our souls. We just need to view our circumstances from His perspective!
"I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:1-2
How do we get to know Him firsthand? Time. With. Him.
When you can make a time to read/listen to His Word, I encourage you to read Psalm 18. As you do, stop reading every time you see the name of the LORD or a pronoun for Him. Look around the mention of His name. What bit of truth do you learn about Him? Write it down. He is speaking to you through His Word. You listen, and then reply to Him in prayer.
I love You, O LORD, my strength. LORD, I want to love You, but I'm not sure how. Please help me to love You more. And LORD, thank You that You are my strength. I need You and Your strength to get through this day. I ask You to live out Your strength through me, and may it be a testimony of who You are to those around me. Truly.
Yes, it takes time to build a relationship with Him. But what could possibly be more fulfilling?
What are your praises of Him today?